Because friends at her care home in Bradford, Yorkshire, set up a group called "Oldest person on Facebook" and regularly post news, photos and videos about her on the Internet.
Her homely personality has struck a common chord, and hundreds of dead-tree newspapers and thousands of electronic Web sites have published stories about her.
The social networking Facebook claims it has more than 90 million active users, and Ivy's friends believe she's the oldest of them all.
Here's the text of the Facebook page, headed Oldest Persons on Facebook - Ivy Bean:
I would like to introduce Mrs Ivy Bean, "the new" oldest person registered on Facebook.Googling "Lord and Lady Guinness" suggests that Ivy could tell great tales about the late Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne (1905-1992)
Described as a handsome, charming young man, Guinness was an eligible bachelor. In 1929, he married the Hon. Diana Mitford, one of the Mitford sisters, and they had two sons.
Bryan and Diana became leaders of the London artistic and social scene. They divorced in 1933, after she had deserted him for the British fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley. Three years later, Guinness married Elisabeth Nelson and fathered nine more children.
In 1944, while serving as a liaison officer, he succeeded to the barony when his father, posted abroad as Resident Minister in the Middle East by his friend Winston Churchill, was assassinated in Cairo.
After WWII, Lord Moyne served on the board of the Guinness Corporation, and on several Irish trusts and artistic committees. He wrote numerous novels, memoirs, books of poetry, and plays.
News of Ivy being Facebook's oldest member spread quickly and globally.
"The world has changed radically during Ivy's lifetime," Claire Bates wrote in the London Daily Mail. "When she was born Henry Campbell-Bannerman was Prime Minister of Britain - the first to ever officially hold the title.
"At that time telegrams were the fastest way of communicating and a national telephone network was still seven years away. Ivy would have to wait 46 years until the first computer was invented."
The New York Daily News said "Ivy Bean may have been born 46 years before the first computer, but that hasn't stopped the savvy senior from tapping in to the online world of social networking."
The London Daily Mirror published an amusing report by Andy Rudd which began:
On your marks, get set, go.....very slowly!
Forget Beijing, the most exciting sports competition is taking place at an old people's home where pensioners are going for gold in the OAP [Old Age Pensioner] Olympics.
Residents at Hillside Manor care home in Yorkshire have been getting into the Olympic spirit by staging their own over 75-year-olds' version which includes walking stick javelin, cap launching and the zimmer frame 'sprint'.
Ivy proved her spirit by winning the gold medal for the discus throw, and Facebook members can see her doing so, in a brief video linked to her Web page.
If Ivy ever writes a blog, she will dethrone the current World's Oldest Blogger, California's Frank Pelatowski, who is still reported to be "under the weather." Frank turned 101 on August 10. You can see and hear him being interviewed by a Fresno TV station by clicking on TV47.
By a happy coincidence, Californian author Annie Barrows has written a book called Ivy + Bean (but it appeals to youngsters rather than oldies).
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