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World's oldest Facebook user heads to the social network's headquarters

August 30, 2012

The number of Facebook users over 65 has grown significantly over the last several years, but one California woman stands above the rest. Florence Detlor, 101, is the oldest user on the popular social network and her impressive feat hasn't gone unnoticed. She recently got a firsthand tour of Facebook headquarters from none other than the website's founder Mark Zuckerberg, ABC News reports.

Along with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg led Detlor through Facebook's corporate office in California, something Detlor described as an interesting and enjoyable experience. Given her newfound celebrity (she has been profiled in numerous publications) she has also seen a sharp uptick in the number of friend requests she's received from around the globe.

"I try to get on every day, although I missed two days and had about 300 messages," she told ABC. "That many people wanted to be my friend. I better not let a day go by."

Although she has only become famous as of late, Detlor has been on the website for quite some time. She first signed up in 2009 as a way to stay in touch with family and friends, but it has since grown to be much more than that and now she enjoys hearing from people from all walks of life.

With recent research highlighting the ties between social interaction and overall well-being, perhaps Facebook use among seniors could become part of healthy aging. Many seem to have taken note as well. Between 2009 and 2010, the number of adults over 65 on Facebook doubled from 13 percent of the population to 26 percent, according to Pew Research Center.