Facebook's Oldest User is not the Oldest

Fri 31 August 2012 14:00, Vitto Christaldi

Facebook's Oldest User is not the Oldest

Who said Facebook is only for young people? Florence Detlor from California proves it wrong. This 101 year old woman was announced as the oldest user of Facebook; and therefore she got the privilege to meet the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in person!

Mrs. Detlor started taking computer courses at a local community center a couple of years ago. After hearing about Facebook from her cousin, she decided to also create an account in August 2009. She realized she was too old for this kind of thing, but she had never thought that she would be the oldest user on Facebook!

Guided Tour

As the oldest Facebook user in the world, Florence Detlor got invited for a VIP tour at the headquarters of Facebook and met the brain behind it all, Mark Zuckerberg, and the COO, Sheryl Sandberg. “I was really impressed with what he’s doing with his imagination and efforts. After all, he’s a busy person and gracious to come out and speak with. They put me in my wheelchair and pushed me around. I brought my own wheelchair so I’d be comfortable. They took me over to the part of the building where his office is and a whole bunch of computer people. It was very interesting. He was really gracious and very nice”, told ‘Granny’ Detlor to ABC about her VIP visit.


A photo posted by Sheryl Sandberg shortly after Mrs. Detlor's visit to Facebook Office.

Since Detlor’s personal visit with Zuckerberg and Sandberg, she has received attention from Jay Leno, USA Today, and NPR. She also received many friend requests daily. “I try to get on every day, although I missed two days and had about 300 messages. That many people wanted to be my friend. I better not let a day go by” said Detlor on ABC.

Detlor is not the oldest!

Mike LaTour claimed that his grandma, Lee Stern, is the oldest Facebook user. According to him, Lee Stern, had mistakenly set her date of birth to that of her late brother, August 18th, 1913, while her actual birthday is August 29th, 1910; making her 102 years old. Mike LaTour proved him right by providing Today.com his grandma’s passport.


Lee Stern. Courtesy of Lee Stern. Source: Today.com


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