Dalai Lama Takes Message Online with Twitter

The Tibetan spiritual leader who teaches age-old principles of peace and tolerance has gone high-tech, joining the online messaging service Twitter.

The Dalai Lama's office in India set up a Twitter account this week under the name @dalailama.

The Buddhist leader has not personally written any messages, but his office has posted Web links to the Dalai Lama's interviews and photos during his visit to the United States.

The Dalai Lama signed up for his online account Monday, a day after meeting Twitter founder Evan Williams in Los Angeles, California.

Williams says the Dalai Lama laughed at the idea of using the social network service. But as of Tuesday, the spiritual leader has attracted 69,000 followers.

The Dalai Lama was in Florida Tuesday giving a speech on global compassion.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.