Web-savvy centenarian passes away, thousands notified via Twitter

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More than 60,000 Twitter users learned about the death of 104-year-old Ivy Bean Tuesday night. The North England nursing home resident is believed to be among the oldest in the world to use the social networking site.

Bean joined Twitter in 2008 after hitting the 5,000-friend limit on Facebook, according to an MSNBC report. Her tweets often focused on life in the nursing home. A couple updates: “Its friday today fish and chips day,” and “its been really busy in Hillside this week, the lounges have been decorated and we have got new curtains, it looks lovely.”

She also picked up several celebrity followers, including English singer and television star Peter Andre. Bean once proudly “tweeted” that she had used the toilet in then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown's study when the two met at 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister's home, according to a Daily Mail report.

Bean's final update came on July 6, when she told followers she was “going to have my lunch now will be back later.” Nursing home staff had since taken over the Twitter page, updating followers with Bean's condition. They tweeted Wednesday that “ivy passed away peacefully at 12.08 this morning.”