Religious Leader of Iran Khamenei.ir
The staff of Iran’s Supreme Leader has been initially tweeting in Farsi but the main account has now switched to English and there are separate accounts for Farsi @Khamenei_fa, Arabic @Khamenei_Ar and Spanish @Khamenei_es to engage with a broader audience on global issues, including the recent #IranTalks. The English account is very active with almost five tweets per day. His team frequently uses pictures to document his meetings and his quotes, live tweets his Friday prayers and tweets links to the full text of his speeches. In May 2012 his office tweeted an infographic about the ”Outcomes of #Iran's resistance on #nuclear issue" with "information extracted from 44 speeches delivered over the past 9 years (2004-2012) by Ayatollah Khamenei". In June 2013 just before the Iranian presidential elections he posted an infographic comparing the US indirect and the Iranian direct electoral system. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Ayatollah Khamenei published an open letter in English addressed “To the Youth in Europe and North America” through which he urged young people to seek out their own understanding of Islam. Right after the letter was published, @khamenei_ir header photo showed the hashtag #letter4u which is now used by young Muslims posting selfies with their favorite Quranic verses. The existence of his Twitter account, while Twitter is officially banned in Iran, has been criticized by Iran’s opposition leader Hossein Mousavi. Other than retweets of tweets by the late Ayatollah Khomeini @IRKhomeini, engagement on the account is very low, it never @mentions or @replies other users and the account only follows his language accounts.
Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)
|Most mentioned||@IRKhomeini (23), @HassanRouhani (5), @JZarif (3), @khamenei_ir (2), @Khamenei_irfa (2), @Khamenei_irAr (1), @PressTV (1), @araghchi (1), @NicolasMaduro (1), @myLetter4u (1).|
|Average of retweets||44|
آیت الله خامنهای در جلسهای با حضور مسئولان نظام، از برداشت نادرست از نام سال 88 انتقاد کردند— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) April 9, 2009