Lessons from Twitterland

I'm here at the 140 Characters Conference at New World Stages in Manhattan, where the topic is Twitter, Twitter, Twitter and more Twitter. Twitter!

I'm virtually certain that I'm the only person in the room whose name tag doesn't have his Twitter user name on it. That's because -- shhhh! -- I'm not a user of the insanely popular micro-blogging service. (Yet.)

That makes me something of a pariah here -- I feel like I'm wearing a scarlet @ on my chest -- but it also means I'm learning all kinds of fascinating things that the other people in this auditorium (including my DailyFinance colleague Anthony Massucci) all take for granted. Here are a few things I've learned: