Her name is Ivy Bean and she was born on the 8th of November 1905 in Bradford, England. She died on the 28th of July 2010 at the age of 104.
Strangely during the final three years of her life, Ivy Bean became a very popular British internet personality. How did this come about?
She became internationally known at the age of 102 when she signed up with famous social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, making her the oldest person in the world on both Facebook and Twitter. It was a very interesting thing to witness.
The life of this woman was pretty interesting. It is reported that in 2007 at the age of over 100 years was when Ivy Bean first accessed the internet for the first time in her life. Having experienced, Ivy Bean couldn’t have enough of it as according to her it was one of the greatest inventions she had ever seen. She lived at a care home for the elderly and was given a computer by social services, which she used to have access to her first ever internet experience. Then the following year, the great grandmother aged 102 decided she needed to have an experience in the online social networking. So she subsequently signed up for a Facebook account in 2008, and with that came the world record of being one of the oldest people ever on Facebook. One might ask what Ivy Bean, at her age usually did when she logged on to Facebook. According to reports, each time the granny logged on to Facebook she would spend time there discussing her life in a care home, her hobbies and her interests with her numerous younger friends on Facebook. It did not take long for her popularity to soar even higher. As a matter of fact she became enormously popular several fan pages were even set up just to honor her.
Not satisfied with the Facebook experience alone, our granny decided to also join Twitter, and this time again breaking another world record as the oldest person on Twitter.
Ivy Bean became so popular that she had a private meeting with superstar singer Peter Andre and even visited the then Prime Minister of Britain Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah at Downing Street. This was in 2010.
But tragedy struck that year, in July it was reported on her Twitter page that she had been hospitalized. There was a promise on her Twitter account that she wasn’t in that much of a bad condition and that she would be back online soon. The aim of the message was to downplay her illness. But a week later her condition deteriorated so bad– according to doctors who were treating her, she was suffering from cancer of the liver. However some days later Ivy Bean felt better and returned home from hospital but barely a week later her condition worsened and on the 28th of July 2010 Ivy Bean died. She was 104 years old.
At the time of her death, a look at her online social networking profiles revealed that her Facebook friends had reached as many as 4,962 and she had a Twitter following of 56,000 people.
Ivy Bean was indeed an extraordinary woman who would be missed by all her friends on Facebook and Twitter.