104 year Old Tweeter
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You’re never too old to Tweet: Meet the 104-year-old great grandmother:
By Sebastian lander
It is a medium more usually associated with attention-seeking celebrities such as Peaches Geldof, Demi Moore and Lily Allen.
But Twitter has found a new devotee with a growing fanbase – in the figure of a 104-year-old great-grandmother.
Ivy Bean, from Bradford, has gathered more than 55,000 followers on the social networking website, with radio presenter Chris Evans and TV personality Calum Best said to be fans.
And Ivy may also be able to add another two names to the roll call of dedicated high profile figures – the Prime Minister and his wife.
The former housekeeper was invited by Gordon Brown to 10 Downing Street for a VIP event yesterday organised to ‘celebrate our ageing society’.
Ivy, who lives at the Hillside Manor care home in Bradford, made what is said to have been her first ever trip to the capital in style – in a Bentley. And, of course, she Twittered about the event, posting photos from her encounter with Prime Minister, Brown.
Nice to tweet you: Ivy Bean meets with Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah at No 10 for a VIP event organised to ‘celebrate our ageing society’
Ivy wrote: ‘Hello every one i had a lovely time at Downing Street yesterday, i really enjoyed it, it was a long ride but it was worth it.
‘gordon brown was really nice, he spoke very nice to me, the place was beautiful inside.’
She cheekily added: ‘i used the prime ministers private toilet in his study too.’
And in reply to a follower’s question, she quipped: ‘I dont know if Gordon usually leaves the toilet seat up but it was down when i sat on it.’
Despite the Tweeterer’s apparent composure at meeting the Browns, there is one fan who is guaranteed to have her reaching for the keyboard – Peter Andre, who Ivy met last year.
Fan: Ivy met singer Peter Andre, who she described as ‘good-looking’, on his TV show ‘Peter Andre: The Next Chapter’
Prior to her meeting with Mr Brown, she wrote: ‘I won’t know what he’s like until I meet him. He’s not as good-looking as Peter Andre!’
Micro-blogging is not Ivy’s first foray into the digital world, becoming the oldest person to join Facebook when she was 102.
At the time Ivy was born in Bradford in 1905, telegrams were the quickest method of communicating and it would take another seven years for a national telephone network to be created.
And, for a woman who ‘loves being online’, the computer was not invented for another 46 years.
Originally posted 2010-06-09 12:00:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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