Nina L. Diamond has been a freelance journalist and humorist for more than 30 years, which meant that she never really had an office. That all changed with Twitter.
“I’ve worked on assignments for many newspapers and magazines,” Diamond told It’s All Journalism Producer Michael O’Connell. “I’ve been a regular contributor to many of them. But my office primarily has been at home. And when I joined Twitter, I came to realize instantly that Twitter was now my office. And there have been countless ‘a-ha moments’ that reinforce the important news value of Twitter in the 2 1/2 years that I’ve been on.”
Diamond’s work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, Omni and the Sunday magazine of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She was also a writer and performer on NPR’s Pandemonium.
Recognizing the importance of Twitter as a news-delivery platform, Diamond has become its master, using lists to organize the feeds of thousands of journalists and news outlets.
“Lists are the most important tool that Twitter offers to keep organized,” Diamond said.
Twitter allows users to create 20 different lists with up to 500 entries on each. So, for example, if you wanted to create a list about hurricanes, you can start one under the heading of “Science and Weather” with all of the reporters and sources that specialize in those topics. Then, when an event occurs, such as Hurricane Sandy, you can open that list and see a unique feed of tweets on that topic.
“It’s a secondary way to be able to follow people as well,” Diamond said. “It really functions like a live, interactive Rolodex. It’s a place to put people for whatever reason you want to have on your list. Some of them you’re following all the time. Some you’re not. Some you might dip in and out.”
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