Just a few hours after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his Instagram debut by sharing a picture of the venue of the 25th ASEAN and EAST Asia Summit on Wednesday, Modi has achieved widespread attention from his followers at a blistering pace.
Modi has posted the picture with a caption, "At the Summit…captured a glimpse of the venue." After sharing his first post on the online mobile photo-sharing site, on his micro blogging site Twitter, the PM tweeted: "Hello World! Great being on Instagram. My first photo… this one from the ASEAN Summit. @ Nay Pyi Taw… http://instagram.com/p/vSUOhVM_wX/".
He was welcomed on the site by his followers. There were a staggering 47,000 followers till the time of reporting, which kept on increasing by the second.
Instagram allows its users to share pictures and videos on social networking platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
While one follower welcomed Modi, saying, "Welcome to Instagram sir, wish you a great day,” another wrote, "Happy to see the world through your eyes."
Since the day Modi became the Prime Minister, he is very active in social media websites by keeping in touch with people and giving updates of his views and trips. The tech-savvy prime minister has 7.79 million followers on his Twitter account @narendramodi, and 3.43 million so far on the Prime Minister’s Office account of @PMOIndia.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the prime minister has been quite active on other social sites like Stumbleupon, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn. He has been sharing photos on Flickr as well.
The PM has been making use of social media to showcase the work done by the government as well as inspire people to serve the nation through campaigns like the Swachch Bharat Mission.
"Social media has been helpful for spreading out messages directly from the PM and build a strong leadership. It has been successful in opening up a direct channel of communication between people and the PM," added the statement.
He will attend the 12th ASEAN-India Summit here Wednesday and also meet heads of state and government of several countries on the sidelines of the multilateral event.
He is on a three-nation tour to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji. He arrived on a two-day visit to Myanmar Nov 11.