It's never too late to try something new -- 100-year-olds tweeting away


Centenarians in cyberspace. No, that's not the title of a sci-fi spoof, but the reality of a pair of 100-year-old-plus Internet users on opposite sides of the planet.

Ivy Bean, who turned 104 September 8, of Bradford, England, holds the title as the oldest Facebook user, and I'm willing to bet the oldest Tweeter on the planet. As of late last week, Bean had nearly 5,000 Facebook friends and is rapidly approaching 50,000 followers on Twitter.

Her username on the microblogging site is "@IvyBean104," for those interested in keeping up with the U.K.'s newest, oldest celebrity, 140 characters at a time.

"time for me to go now i am going to have a cup of tea and watch myself on the telly i will be back tomorrow have a good night (sic)," she tweeted on October 22. She was referring to a story about her cyber ways that was scheduled to appear on BBC Channel 1 that evening.

The video wasn't available on the BBC Web site, but I did find a CNN story on Bean, which includes a video clip (http://bit.ly/3F7bvI), and a story on the Daily Mail Web site from August 2008 about her Facebook exploits (http://bit.ly/vR2BS).

Bean, who has seen the evolution of communications from the telegraph to the Internet, tweets almost daily. She shares details of her life, including her fish and chips Fridays and her many recent media interviews.

Her latest birthday celebration resulted in several tweets, including: "PARTY PARTY PARTY this afternoon hillside have got a singer coming in for my party its very good of them i love living here (sic)."

Meanwhile, about 7,200 miles to the east, Florence Hasegawa of Maui, Hawaii, has jumped on the Twitter bandwagon at the age of 101. Maui Time Magazine featured her on the cover of a recent edition (http://bit.ly/aLuoO).

Hasegawa, who uses the Twitter name "@grandmaflorence," tweets several times weekly from a unique philosophical angle.

"Same old, same old. I never tire of eating oatmeal and fresh fruit for breakfast. Tomorrow will be Saturday AGAIN... and then Sunday, AGAIN!," she wrote on October 2.

"Patty says it's not about whether I'm interesting or boring. She says I'm an inspiration. I suppose she's right." Patty is Hasegawa's daughter, and the subject of many tweets. "We need to have a yard sale. My house is like a cemetary of unnecessary things my family stores and never comes back for (sic)," she tweeted.

Not surprisingly, the pair of centenarians have found each other online, as @grandmaflorence tweeted on September 4: "@IvyBean104 Ivy, will you follow me? I'm 101 and following you."

I became her 975th follower late last week, and her list now tops 1,000. I encourage you to follow both of these senior tweeters. You just may learn something about life.

Share your Internet story with me at agibes@reviewjournal.com.

 

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