Why You Should Start Following @HassanRouhani, the President of Iran
By Masha Hedayati
While the account still lacks a shiny blue checkmark badge, it is widely believed that the handle @HassanRouhani belongs to the President of Iran and is managed by his close entourage. The account began posting tweets on May 5th, and, for a long time, the page specifically tweeted about progress in his presidential platform. Political and Iran junkies were the ones mostly following his account back then. But then, in early September, his account tweeted about the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and people all over the world became curious about @HassanRouhani. The tweet had a strong, positive reaction and the Iranian President noticed.
While the Iran-US call made history, I argue that another key development unfolded on social media that same day, which, until yesterday, has been largely ignored by political and media analysts.
On the same day of the Iran-US call, something fascinating happened:
Mahsa Hedayati works in the field of international affairs and is a freelance writer for the magazine. You can find her on Twitter at @ma_h_sa.