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Three Things We Learned from Mindy Diamond ’11 at Twitter

by Marlena Ahearn, senior magazine major

Mindy Diamond gave the fall 2016 Newhouse in NYC class a tour of the NYC Twitter space on Tuesday night. Twitter — one of the most anticipated field trips of the semester — did not disappoint. Diamond talked with the social media class about her career, how she got to Twitter, and how Twitter is constantly evolving. Before passing out #TwitterSwag and taking the class on a tour, she shared how Twitter has “finally found its voice” and career tips. Here are three incredible pieces of advice she shared with the Newhouse in NYC class.

Twitter Is All For Free Speech — And Safe Spaces

Twitter just rolled out new ways of regulating hate-speech on their platform. Because anyone can say just about anything as long as it’s under 140 characters, it’s always been challenging to monitor people’s comments, while also being committed to a freedom-of-speech ideology. Diamond shared with the class how Twitter is committed to being a safe space, while also protecting people’s rights.

Focus Your Job Search On What You Love

Diamond always dreamed of working in sports, so when she graduated she took her PR and marketing degree to Sports Illustrated where she worked in social media. As she moved on in her career, gaining experience as a marketing associate at Google and an executive assistant, she realized where her true passions were. Today she works as a strategy and operations program manager and content partnerships and found how to incorporate her love of media and technology.

Above All Else, #LoveWhereYouWork

Diamond told the social media class about a beloved employee who created this hashtag. When in the hospital, the former employee felt so cared for by her co-workers at Twitter, she tweeted #LoveWhereYouWork. For graduating seniors, sometimes the job search is focused on finding a job, not a place where you love what you do and who you’re doing it with. Diamond certainly has found her place at Twitter, and she advised us all to work hard to get a job somewhere that you can truly say, “I love where I work.”

Thank you again to Mindy (below, the only person not wearing a Twitter hat!) for sharing your story and advice with us. We loved meeting you and touring the incredible NYC Twitter space!

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