How appropriate that Ai Weiwei should choose to end his social media silence by joining the hottest new thing to be blocked on the Chinese internet: Google Plus. He posted his first message yesterday, saying “来了，问候” (“Greetings, I’m here”) and has since been added/friended/fanned/whatever-ed by over 7000 people.
His second post said simply “有生命体征” (“there are signs of life”) and the rest of his profile fits his normal, irreverent style – in his about section, he calls himself a suspected tax evader, pornographer, and black market dealer. He also posted a photo (pictured.)
Arguably the most prolific Chinese Twitter personality in China before his detention in April, since his June 22 release, Ai has been uncharacteristically mute. His Twitter feed has remained silent since before his arrest, and he has refused to give interviews or comment on his detainment.
Various China watchers have speculated as to just how worried we should be about the silence of recently released Chinese dissidents. Ai certainly came back looking a little slimmer than usual, but other than that he appeared in good health.
If you are one of the lucky few (millions) to be on Google Plus already, you can now follow Ai Weiwei there.