Meet the iGran: 103-year-old Lillian becomes world’s oldest Facebooker (and updates from her iPad)

I found this article via Twitter and I thought it was a good read! I LOVE it when Grandma’s or Grandpa’s embrace the ever-changing world of technology! I give Lillian the crown of the COOLEST Grandma ever! Hahahaha! Read on…..

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:20 AM on 16th December 2010

Great grandmother Lillian Lowe today claimed she is the world’s oldest Facebook user at 103 – and she updates her status from her iPad.

Cyber centenarian signed up for the website to keep track of what her seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren are up to.

Just two months away from her 104th birthday, the family of young-at-heart Lillian believe she is the oldest of the social networking website’s 500 million users around the world.

Online OAP: Lillian Lowe, pictured here with her 10-year-old great granddaughter Kaylee Lowe, is thought to be the world's oldest Facebooker at 103

Online OAP: Lillian Lowe, pictured here with her 10-year-old great granddaughter Kaylee Lowe, is thought to be the world’s oldest Facebooker at 103

The pensioner is thought to have taken the crown of oldest Facebook user from 104-year-old Ivy Bean who died in her sleep in July.

Lillian said today that she is a big fan of the social-networking site.

‘I love it – it is very exciting. It’s a wonderful way of finding out about things. But I must say it’s a dreadful waste of time. I’m sure there are lots of other things I should be doing rather than playing on a computer.

‘I have been on Facebook for a few weeks now, some of the grandchildren do get up to some antics.

Mrs Lowe's profile picture along with her status update on Facebook

Up to date: Mrs Lowe’s profile picture along with her status update on Facebook

‘I have seen a few things over the years, so nothing really shocks me these days anyway.

‘I go on the Facebook about twice a week, I have about 30 friends at the moment so there’s quite a lot to catch up on. At the moment I use my grandson’s iPad but I am very hopeful to get one of my own, there are some great new models out at the moment.’

The retired hotelier and businesswoman uses her grandson’s iPad to get on the internet and has 34 Facebook ‘friends’.

TIMELINE OF LILLIAN’S LIFE
  • 1907 – Lillian is born. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman is Prime Minister, Edward VII is on the throne
  • 1912 – The Titanic sinks – Lillian remembers hearing the news
  • 1914 – 1918 – First World War breaks out – Lillian is in school
  • 1939 – 1945 – World War II
  • 1976 – Steve Jobs starts Apple and launched the ‘Apple 1’ computer. Only 200 were made and a rare original sold for £133,000 at auction last month
  • 1981 – The Osborne 1, the world’s first mass-produced portable computer, is launched
  • November 1985 – Microsoft launch the first version of Windows
  • 2010 – The iPad is launched which Lillian uses to get on Facebook

Lillian, from Tenby, Pembrokeshire, south Wales, said it was ‘just lovely’ seeing her latest photographs and messages every time she logs on.

She said: ‘I can recommend it for any grandparents to keep in touch with their family with ringing all the time.’

Lillian was born in 1907 when Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman was Britain’s Prime Minister – and she can still remember the news of the Titanic sinking in 1912.

The great-grandmother – dubbed Supergran by her family – was already at school when the First World War started and was 12 before she had a radio in her house.

Lillian said: ‘I think virtually everything has been invented during my time. What I particularly like now is this Google Earth.

‘When I was 84, I visited Australia with my young sister Mary, who will be 100 next year.

‘We had a lovely trip, so yesterday I took myself off have a look at the Swan River.

‘I’ve always read a lot during my life, and this computer has just taken the place of a book.’

Her grandson Steve set Lillian up with her Facebook account – and gave her his iPad to use.

Record holder: Ivy Bean, 104, who became friends with Peter Andre online, was the oldest Facebook user in the world until she died in July this year

Record holder: Ivy Bean, 104, was the oldest Facebook user until she died in July this year

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