The Pope Joined Instagram and instantly got a million followers
Everybody is on Instagram these days, and Pope Francis doesn’t want to miss out. He launched an account on Saturday with a photo of him kneeling in prayer. The caption read, “pray for me” in multiple languages. Within 12 hours, the Pope reached a million followers! He’s basically cooler than David Beckham now, who previously held the record for gaining a million followers in 24 hours. Pope Francis’ Instagram handle is “Franciscus,” and you should start following it immediately.
Pope Francis’ reason for joining Instagram wasn’t just a spur of the moment thing. He’s been trying to make himself more personable and approachable to people on a mass scale, and put himself in a position where he can communicate quickly. Social media is a great platform to start that process, if a little overwhelming. Instagram currently has 400 million members, if you can believe it!
Also, Pope Francis met with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in the Vatican a few weeks ago to discuss the possibility of using powerful images to bring people together, regardless of culture or language barriers. According to Time, Kevin gave Pope Francis a book with ten specially-selected Instagram images from around the world, capturing natural disasters, climate change, migrants, and more.