Twitter's newest member: Former Golden Girl Betty White

Social networking isn't only for young adults as actor Betty White demonstrates with her new Twitter account.

Betty White joins Twitter. Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET

One of the Golden Girls made it to Twitter. Rose, whoops, Betty White debuted her official page today with her first tweet reading, "Hello Twitter! And they said it would never happen. Oh wait, that was me."

The 90-year-old actor now has nearly 63,000 followers and only three tweets. Most likely White has turned to social media to promote her two new TV shows, "Off Their Rockers" and "Hot in Cleveland." She is also a voice actor in the movie "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," which recently premiered.

Many older adults use Twitter and other social-networking sites, despite social media being a relatively new phenomenon.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center in October, 33 percent of adults older than 65 use social-networking sites and 15 percent use them daily.

About the author

Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.

 

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