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Dalai Lama Twitter Updates Spiritual Followers

February 26, 2010

Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, has a new
Twitter page with more than 82,000 followers
Tina Hodges
February 24, 2010

Dalai Lama laughed at the idea of communicating
on the Twitter social networking service. The
Tibetan spiritual leader now has more than 82,000
followers. However, the service could provide him
with a powerful communications tool.

Twitter is used by hundreds of millions of people
as a regular tool. Dalai Lama's page was set up
by his office on Monday. There was one post that
mentioned he would be in Los Angeles.

Six other Tweets since then provide links to
interviews, photos and a Webcast. There is even
some media content available where he met about
4,000 people at Nova Southeastern University. So
far, the Dalai Lama hasn't posted any personal messages.

His Holiness And Latest Reincarnation Of Spiritual leaders

The Dalai Lama is a lineage of religious
officials of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
The term "Lama" refers to Tibetan Buddhist
teachers. In religious terms, the Dalai Lama is
believed by his devotees to be the rebirth of a
long line of tulkus who descend from the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.

Traditionally, His Holiness is thought of as the
latest reincarnation of a series of spiritual
leaders who have chosen to be reborn in order to
enlighten others. The Dalai Lamas were the
directors of the Tibetan Government between the
17th century and 1959. The term "Dalai" means
"Ocean" in Mongolian, and is a translation of the
Tibetan name "Gyatso," while "Lama" is the
Tibetan equivalent of the Sanskrit word "guru."

Tweets and Followers

Twitter is a free social networking service that
enables its users to send and read messages known
as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to
140 characters displayed on the author's profile
page and delivered to the author's subscribers.
These subscribers are known as followers.

Senders can restrict delivery to those in their
circle of friends or, by default, allow open
access. Since late 2009, users can follow lists
of authors instead of following individual
authors. All users can send and receive tweets
via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications.

Since its creation in 2006 by Jack Dorsey,
Twitter has gained notability and popularity
worldwide. It is sometimes described as "SMS of
the Internet." The use of Twitter's application
programming interface for sending and receiving
text messages by other applications often eclipses direct use of Twitter.

Twitter began in a brainstorming session that was
held by board members of the podcasting company
Odeo. During that meeting, Jack Dorsey introduced
the idea of an individual using a SMS service to
communicate with a small group. While the Dalai
Lama might not personally use Twitter, his office
can use it for links to websites that contain
updated information and literature.
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