Too Old For Facebook?
March 2, 2013

Too Old For Facebook?

We must suffer many indignities as we age. Our bodies don’t work as well, we lose stamina and mental acuity, and bodily functions. We are forced out of jobs; we are marginalized and treated as second class citizens by our children.

Last week, the Huffington Post told us about the plight of Marguerite Joseph, and the indignity of aging she has been suffering at the hands of Facebook.

Ms. Joseph is 104 years old, but to use Facebook she has had to lie about that. Facebook seems to have a glitch that hasn’t’ allowed her to input her correct birth year, 1908. For the last two years, Joseph has had to claim to be 99 years old.

“Every time I tried to change the settings to the right year, Facebook always came back with an unknown error message and would send us right back to a year she wasn’t born in,” her granddaughter, Gail Marlow, who has tried to contact Facebook about the issue, told WDIV. “I would love to see her real age on Facebook, I mean in April she’s going to be 105. It’s special.”

Facebook didn’t respond to Marlow, but they did respond to HuffPo.

“We’ve recently discovered an issue whereby some Facebook users may be unable to enter a birthday before 1910,” Facebook said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “We are working on a fix for this and we apologize for the inconvenience.”

I just checked in on Ms. Joseph’s Facebook page and it seems they have fixed one glitch, as her birth date is now listed correctly as April 19, 1908. The power of HuffPo, I guess. I’m quite sure the fix took some programmer all of ten minutes, which was too much time to invest until the story went national. Facebook still hasn’t quite gotten it right, however.

“Much to my surprise, I received a lovely package in the mail today from the folks at Facebook along with a card that reads: “Ms. Joseph: Happy 105th Birthday! We’re so happy you “like” Facebook!” Thank you very much Facebook! ;-),” Ms. Joseph posted today. She’s being awfully gracious, but they did miss her birthday by more than a month.

If you haven’t visited her page, you should. She has followers from around the world, a bright outlook on life, and fabulous fingernails. We should all hope that we grow old this gracefully.

Image Credit: Richard Lyons / Shutterstock

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