Facebook’s oldest user turns 107

Edythe Kirchmaier
Edythe Kirchmaier was all smiles last year as she celebrated her 106th birthday. (Courtesy: Direct Relief/ABC News)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (WKRN) – Facebook’s oldest registered user, Edythe Kirchmaier, turned 107 years old on Tuesday.

According to ABC News, Kirchmaier was named the social networking site’s oldest member when her friends at Medical Aid Charity Direct Relief signed her up for an account two years ago.

Edythe Kirchmaier
Edythe Kirchmaier is the oldest Facebook user. (Courtesy: ABC News)

It took the site’s engineers a month to verify Edythe’s age and fix the glitch that wouldn’t allow her to enter her actual age; something they’d never had to do before, Direct Relief’s spokeswoman Kerri Murray said.

Kirchmaier was born in 1908, nearly 50 years before the Internet was invented. The 107-year-old says she enjoys social media because it lets her check in with friends and family on a daily basis.

She’s also used her status to raise awareness for causes she believes in, such as Direct Relief.

“The biggest change I’ve seen during my lifetime has to do with the way we communicate with one another,” Kirchmaier told ABC News. “It’s just incredible how technology is helping us connect with others throughout the world.”

Kirchmaier added she cherishes her Facebook relationships, but still “believes in the power of the pen.” For more than 40 years, Edythe has helped write handwritten thank you notes to charity donors.

The only app Edythe personally uses besides Facebook is Words with Friends.

She has more than 55,000 followers on her personal Facebook page.

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