It is never easy to say goodbye to people you’ve come to know so well on the Internet, as thousands of people on Twitter have demonstrated today at the news that Ivy Bean, the oldest recorded Twitterer, died this morning in Brandford, UK, at the age of 104. She is survived by a sprinkling of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and 58,591 Twitter followers (and counting).
In only one year of tweeting, Ivy Bean raked followers in at an impressive rate. Everyone was fascinated with what she would have for lunch that day, or what she took with tea. Her inquisitions on the mildness of the weather were profound! She even captured the hearts of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, singer Peter Andre, and actor Richard Wilson.
In remembrance of Ivy, we’ve screen-captured some of her many special moments.
On what she’ll have with tea:
On meeting the prime minister:
On friend Edith turning 100:
Asking the big questions:
On her beloved fish and chips:
On ice cream:
People tuned so closely to Ivy’s tweets that if she went a while without any updates, they began to fear the worst. So she began tweeting when and why she would not be tweeting:
In the end, her routine became everybody’s routine; Fish and Chip Fridays were everyone’s Fridays. And the Internet will sorely miss her. RIP Ivy Bean 1906-2010. It’s only a matter of time before someone creates the IvyBeanAngel Twitter in memoriam.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 28, 2010