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article imageIvy Bean, world's oldest Twitter user, dies at 104

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Jul 28, 2010 in Lifestyle
Ivy Bean had lived at the Hillside Manor in Barkerend, Bradford for the past three years. The remarkable 104-year-old lady was an active user on Twitter as well as Facebook
The great-grandmother passed away at her care home in Barkerend, Bradford, where she had lived for three years.
Ivy Bean joined Facebook in 2007 but after reaching her limit of 5,000 friends she joined up with Twitter where she had over 56,000 followers.
Bean had heard about a 97-year-old French woman on Facebook and she decided she could beat her and joined Facebook.
She was able to use a computer at Hillside Manor which was originally intended for the use of the staff but was opened up for the residents to use.
Not too long after Ms. Bean joined Facebook she was receiving 15-16,000 messages a day.
One of her followers was Australian singer Peter Andre. A picture of him kissing Ivy's forehead is her profile picture on Facebook and Twitter.
She wrote about her daily life and her friends.
She tried to tweet at least once a day. Her Friday tweets were about fish and chips which her followers looked forward to. SkyNews reported her saying on one Friday, "I always enjoy fish and chips they are my favourite hope you all have a good day its dinner time soon."
Her last tweet on July 6 read, "going to have my lunch now will be back later."
Pat Wright, the manager of Hillside Manor, said Ivy had a tumor that hadn't been detected. When she was taken ill in June Ms. Wright kept her followers updated on her Twitter feed while was in the hospital.
She had returned home on Thursday and Friday she was eating fish and chips.
Ms. Wright said Ivy loved the publicity. reports Ms. Wright said, "She loved every minute of it. The media was a big part of her life. She would not have expected to go quietly."
Ivy's conditioned worsened on Sunday and she was barely conscious on Tuesday.
Peter Andre called Ivy and the staff said when they told her Peter was calling she opened her eyes and gave a little smile for the first time in 24 hours.
Wright said they put him on the loudspeaker so Ivy could hear him.
Yorkshirepost reported Ms. Wright said, "He told her that he was thinking about her, that she was such a strong woman and an inspiration, and told her that he loved her.
She added "When Peter rang and started talking to her we were all in tears, I just said 'Ivy, Peter's here for you'.
Then you heard 'hello darling it's Peter', she just opened her eyes while he said all these things and then closed them again.
She was such a strong woman and did so much with her life, she will be so greatly missed, here and by all her followers."
Skynews reports Ms. Wright, announced her death. She said, "Ivy passed away peacefully at 12.08 this morning," she tweeted.
"I'm sorry it took me so long to tell you but it was a very difficult thing to do."
Tributes are pouring in on Twitter and Facebook where a page entitled RIP Ivy Bean has been set up.
Her daughter, Sandra, who was with her when she died wrote on Facebook, "This is the saddest and hardest message that I have ever had to write. Mum sadly passed away at eight minutes past midnight on 28th July. We have all as a family lost a wonderful mother, grandma and great-grandma. We are all devastated and words cannot explain how we as a family are all feeling.
I was with her all day and at the end I am sure that a little smile came on her her face."
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