Well this is quite a surprise. Iran may have tried to ban the internet and the use of social networking websites, but what will it do now when its own supreme leader is really catching the social media fever. After successfully getting to grips with Twitter the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now moving one step ahead. How you may ask? Well, he has joined photo-sharing site Instagram!
Even if the religious leader does not even follow anyone on Twitter, he still needs to update his more than 4,000 followers about his recent happenings. Since joining Instagram he has sent out four photos of himself on his Twitter handle @khamenei_ir.
In some of the photos he is also shown with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who he had a bitter power battle for over a year. It is important to mention here that after the Iranian government b banned Facebook and YouTube the only means of social communication for Iranians is through microblogging site Twitter.
During the 2009 Presidential Elections of Iran Twitter emerged as a key platform for staging protests against the reelection of Ahmadinejad. Now with the highly reputed and respected in the country religious leader Khamenei getting socially proactive it is highly probably that he will definitely use the social media platform to settle his long prevalent feud with the president, by ousting the president in the next upcoming elections.
Moreover, the increasing presence of Khamenei on social media also serves as a bleak hope for the people of Iran who want an end of the long media and internet censorship the country has been famous for.
This further implies that with media getting a free hand, the scope of government accountability and uncovering of their anomalies will create further problems for Ahmadinejad’s government.