UPDATE: Turns out that it was a Twitter impersonator. My optimism was misplaced.
The Dalai Lama (or his office, at any rate) has opened a Twitter account @OHHDL. Last March, I argued that according to his own stated beliefs the Dalai Lama and his supporters ought to be using technology like Twitter and Fanfou to engage Chinese Internet users. Now three more steps:
2) Tweet in Chinese
3) Get a funkier Twitter avatar. Baby pictures can be good:
Photo of the Dalai Lama when he was 3, courtesy of The Tibet Album: British Photography in Central Tibet 1920-1950