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December 17, 2010

Oldest Facebook user is 103-year-old great-gran

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by Darren Allan

A woman from Tenby is thought to be the oldest member of social networking site, Facebook.

A BBC News report highlighted Lillian Lowe, who is 103-years-old, and now thought to be the eldest member of the site after Ivy Bean from Bradford, 104 (who was also a big tweeter) passed away this summer.

Lillian used to run a hotel, but unsurprisingly has retired now, so has plenty of pottering time. Unlike most pensioners, however, her pottering is done on an iPad (which she finds easier to cope with than a laptop due to the touch interface).

The technologically aware great-grandmother has just a small collection of friends, and uses Facebook mainly to keep in touch with family. Although since she’s been handed the crown of Facebook’s oldest user, she has been inundated with congratulations, and something in the order of a thousand friend requests.

She told the Beeb: “We’ve had messages from all over the world. I’d like to say thank you very much.”

Local paper the Tenby Observer dubbed Lillian “Superhighway Gran.”

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  1. That’s fairly impressive, but my 90 year old Gran actually owns an iPad, and uses it not twice a week, but for many hours each day. And she doesn’t just use one app on it, she uses many different apps such as Mail, iPod, Maps, Cut The Rope, Wikipanion, YouTube, Safari, etc.

    Comment by Alan — December 17, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

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