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Twitter's oldest user dies at 104

The oldest user of micro-blogging site Twitter died today at the age of 104.

Ivy Bean began her social networking career on Facebook, where she became a minor celebrity, before switching to Twitter last year.

The great-grandmother sent more than 1,000 tweets as @ivybean104, on everything from her favourite fish and chip dinners to an unlikely friendship with Peter Andre - and even received an invitation to meet former PM Gordon Brown in Downing Street, reports The Guardian.

Ivy was taken ill in early June, and her 56,000 followers have since been kept up to date by Pat, the manager of the nursing home outside Bradford where she lived.

It was Pat who tweeted the sad news today:

"Ivy passed away peacefully at 12.08 this morning," Pat wrote just after 10am, adding: "I'm sorry it took me so long to tell you but it was a very difficult thing to do".

Twitter's own official feed led the mourning with the message: "RIP to the delightful Ivy Bean. Thank you, @ivybean104, for making Twitter a better place in your 104th year."