A woman from Michigan will turn 105 years old in a few months, but her Facebook page seems perpetually stuck at age 99.
Marguerite Joseph has seen many things happen over her years on this Earth. She was four when Titanic sank, she witnessed the Great Depression, and heard news about multiple wars, including Pearl Harbor.
And, most recently, she’s seen Facebook’s ability to connect her to family members across the world.
Her granddaughter Gail Marlow set up a Facebook profile for her when family members kept asking how she was doing.
“All of our family members always asked how grandma was doing on my Facebook page,” Marlow said. “So I decided I would set up a page of her own so she could stay connected to her family in Canada.”
When Marlow made her Facebook, Marguerite was 102 years old. She selected her birth year as “1908,” but it kept changing it back to “1928” and an error message pops up.
She even sent Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg a message about it, but hasn’t received a reply back.
“Every time I tried to change the settings to the right year, Facebook came back with an unknown error message and would send us right back to a year she wasn’t born in,” Marlow said. “I would love to see her real age on Facebook, I mean in April she’s going to be 105. It’s special.”
Despite her profile not sharing her true age, Marguerite is as popular as ever on the site. With 109 friends and 84 pictures, she’s an active social media user, replying to everyone who writes her even though she is hard of hearing and legally blind.
“I cherish this time we spend together,” Marlow said. “She gets that we’re on the Internet, she gets that we’re talking to relatives. Does she understand social media? Probably not.”
Marlow also thinks keeping up with social media has helped Marguerite feel young.
“This is an opportunity for me to share her with the world and I truly believe being online has helped keep her young.”