Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama had 95,798 followers on microblogging site Twitter Wednesday within two days of joining the social networking site. Twitter founder Evan Williams had tweeted on Monday that he met the Dalai Lama in Los Angeles and pitched using the service.
“He laughed,” Williams wrote.
The Dalai Lama’s account was up and running, a post from his base in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala said Tuesday.
The Dalai Lama has 11 Tweets on his page so far, giving links to interviews and photos. There are no personal messages.
The monk has been living in exile in India since fleeing Tibet after the Chinese occupation in 1959.
His government-in-exile is not recognized by any country.
The Tibetan leader is currently on a 10-day visit to the US that included a meeting with President Barack Obama and a series of public lectures in California and Florida.
China objected to the Obama meeting, saying it amounted to interference in its internal affairs.
China considers the Dalai Lama a separatist, while he has said he is seeking greater autonomy for Tibet within China. Several rounds of talks between his representatives and Chinese officials have yielded little progress.