Dalai Lama to Twitter on Tibet

By | February 9, 2009

Dalai Lama to Twitter on Tibet

The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has joined micro-blogging service Twitter, attracting nearly 20,000 followers in just two days. The Dalai Lama’s Twitter feed — twitter.com/ohhdl — was launched on Saturday. OHHDL stands for the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “Welcome to the official Twitter page of His Holiness the Dalai Lama — administered by The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” the first message read.

It was followed several hours later by another message: “Our office is currently overwhelmed by responses from our first day on Twitter. We will make every effort to answer your questions in time.” The background for the page includes a quotation from the Dalai Lama: “Each of us has responsibility for all humankind. It is time for us to think of other people as true brothers and sisters and to be concerned for their welfare, with lessening their suffering.” Twitter claims more than six million users of its service, which allows users to send short messages known as “tweets” of 140 characters or less. – yahoo

The feed is currently not working. You can find him:

OHHDL / Dalai Lama Office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Visit our official site www.dalailama.com for more information and scheduled itinerary.

20,723 followers · from Dharamasala · updated about 15 hours ago
But when you try to follow him, you get “That page doesn’t exist!”
UPDATE: Got in. “You are now following OHHDL.” but I only see a 140 followers or so… Hmm.
Thanks to Simon Owens who writes regarding the fake Dalai Lama account on Twitter.
I recently got a chance to interview one of Twitter’s co-founders for a PBS article about how these kinds of impostor accounts are damaging Twitter’s credibility:


… I thought this was something you and your readers would find interesting.

Here is an excerpt from Simon’s article:

By the time the news spread that the Dalai Lama had opened a Twitter account it no longer seemed such a novelty that a high profile individual would join the micro-blogging service, even if he was a divine being. The account gathered nearly 20,000 followers before Twitter pulled the plug two days later when representatives of the Tibetan leader informed the company that the profile had been created by an impersonator, an action that violates Twitter’s Terms of Service. Site administrators then turned the handle over to the Dalai Lama and as of this writing it has remained unused, with not a single tweet issued.

But on the day the faux Dalai Lama joined the service, I saw multiple tweets linking to the account uncritically and even a few mainstream news sources, including the AFP, reported that the spiritual leader had entered the Twitterverse. This is not the first time that a celebrity or company has had to take action against fake social media accounts created in their name. … – pbs

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