103-year-old woman is Facebook’s oldest user

Thursday, December 16, 2010

LONDON - Briton Lillian Lowe still logs on to Facebook at the grand old age of 103 - making her the oldest person in the world to have an account on the social networking website.

The centenarian from Tenby, Pembrokeshire, 300 km from London, uses her iPad to check her Facebook account and keep in touch with her seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, The Sun reported Thursday.

“I love it - it’s very exciting. It’s a wonderful way of finding out about things. I recommend it for any grandparents to keep in touch with family,” Lillian said.

The former hotelier, who can remember the Titanic sinking in 1912, has 34 Facebook pals.

She also chats often with great-granddaughter Kaylee, 10, and loves seeing her photos.

Lillian was first shown the website by grandson Steve, 47, a mechanic who also lent her his iPad.

“She’s very keen to know what young people are doing. She might raise an eyebrow at a few of the teenage antics she sees on Facebook, but she takes it all in her stride,” Steve said.

Ivy Bean, of Bradford, who died aged 104 in July, was thought to be the previous record-holder for the oldest Facebook user.

A Facebook spokesman said: “We can’t confirm if this lady is the oldest, but Lillian shows you can never be too old to join Facebook.”

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