NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In the past, I've been critical of Twitter (TWTR - Get Report) mostly because its execs seemed to have a tin ear when it comes to non-active users. Those are the ones who lurk, don't tweet.

That's why this earnings call for Twitter -- its third as a public company -- was a big step in the right direction. Oh, sure, the metrics investors watch were better than expected. But it's also the first one in which the company made an effort to talk about all users, not just the monthly actives.

Rather than try to put it in story form, here's what I tweeted about it:


The @dickc, in question, is CEO Dick Costolo, who clearly appears to be growing into his role as public company CEO. That's not to say it's off to the races. It's just a quarter. But it was genuinely a good quarter, and for the grief it has taken since its IPO, it was a quarter to tweet about.

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