You can now follow the youngest Nobel Prize laureate on Twitter.
On Friday, girls education advocate Malala Yousafzai announced three very important life changes—first, that she graduated high school, and second, that she’s continuing her Girl Power Trip across Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
But her third announcement really set the internet alight—that she’s finally on Twitter.
— Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017
Yousafzai followed up her first tweet with a thread about her tour as part of the Malala Fund, her education advocacy organization. While she kicked off the Girl Power Trip on April 11, she has a few more months of travel before attending college in the fall.
“Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me. I’m excited about my future, but I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education,” Yousafzai tweeted. “Each girl’s story is unique—and girls’ voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality. On and off Twitter, I’m fighting for girls—will you join me??”
And while news of Yousafzai’s work was previously announced through social media accounts for the Malala Fund, the internet welcomed the teen Pakistani activist’s personal account with replies and retweets of excitement.
Welcome @Malala …..the courageous leader for young people :)
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) July 7, 2017
People should unfollow and stop retweeting the orange fool and follow and retweet you instead. Twitter would be a happier place.#RoleModel
— Paul Dunphy Esquire (@pauldunphy) July 7, 2017
— Harjinder Singh Kukreja (Harj) (@SinghLions) July 8, 2017
Welcome, Malala. You've been my source of strength! More power to you
— Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) July 7, 2017
Twitter could use an island of positivity like you in its sea of bitterness.
— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) July 7, 2017
Welcome to twitter you amazing human
— Rachel Charlton-Dailey (@RachelCDailey) July 8, 2017
Of course, given the serendipitous and vitriolic nature of Twitter, it wouldn’t hurt to give Malala a bit of advice regarding the trolls, too.