July 29, 2010

Oldest twitterer dies, age 104

Ivy Bean, who became an online celebrity as the oldest known user of micro-blogging site Twitter, has died at the age of 104.

Pat Wright, manager of the care home where she lived in Bradford, northern England, says Bean died peacefully early Wednesday.

Wright said Bean "grabbed new technology. She would try anything."

Bean joined Twitter in 2008 and amassed more than 56,000 followers. They included Sarah Brown, wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who tweeted on Wednesday: "Sad to hear the news of Ivy Bean's passing. A great spirit and sense of humor; highly respected senior ambassador for Twitter."

Bean's last tweet was July 6. It read, "going to have my lunch now will be back later."

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