Saturday, May 16, 2009

103-yr-old is UK’s oldest Twitter user

While most ladies her age prefer to sit quietly, 103-year-old English lady Ivy Bean loves to Twitter, something that has made her the oldest user of the social networking site.

Bean, a great grandmother, decided to join Twitter after she got bored of using Facebook, where she had made 4,800 friends. “I’m enjoying Twitter and having my photo taken — and I’m looking forward to Deal Or No Deal,” the Sun quoted her as telling her web readers.

The ex-mill worker got a helping hand to smooth her switch to Twitter by calling in IT experts The Geek Squad.

“It’s brilliant to help someone as inspirational as Ivy to get started and teach her about Twitter,” boss Martin Dix said.

“She’s already signed up to Facebook with 4,800 friends. She shows others that you shouldn’t be frightened of technology,” he stated. Bean’s enthusiasm is spreading among her friends at Hillside Manor care home in Bradford, West Yorks. “All the residents are taking a leaf out of her book. Four signed up for computer college,” manager Pat Wright said.

“Others have joined Facebook or surf the net and enjoy themselves with ten-pin bowling on the games console,” he added. Twitter membership figures are soaring, thanks to its popularity with celebrities like US President Barack Obama, singer Britney Spears and TV star Stephen Fry.

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