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Twitter head of social innovation leaves, describes life there as a ‘special kind of crazy’

Claire Díaz-Ortiz, Twitter’s head of social innovation, has used the platform to announce that she is moving on.

Having joined the company full-time in 2009, after being an intern for a year, Diaz-Ortiz helped the Pope when he started to tweet, and has literally written the book (Twitter For Good) about using Twitter to make a difference.

As part of a series of tweets to her 336,000 followers, Diaz-Ortiz said “Working at Twitter these past years has been a special kind of crazy”.

There were only around 50 other employees when she joined the company, with the aim to write a thesis for Oxford about Twitter during the last few months of her MBA.

Speaking in an ‘exit-interview’ to Mashable, she described her time at the company, including being hired by Biz Stone, and the IPO.

She said: “Biz, in general, was a riot to work with. Non-stop laughs. He was also super awesome when I wrote a book about Twitter. Although I credit Biz with getting me to Twitter in the early days, honestly I've been really lucky to have worked with great bosses at Twitter — from Ev [Williams] to Biz to Dick [Costolo] to everyone else, it was a great lot. And they are all extremely funny (in very different ways), which seems unusual.”

Diaz-Ortiz has not revealed what her plans for 2015 are.

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