She died booted and on-line
July 14th, 2008

My guess is Olive Riley would have chuckled at my lame pun on “died with her boots on.” She must have been quite a gal. She is the subject of Yahoo! News’ story “‘World’s oldest blogger’ dies in Australia at 108.” The article tells us that Olive, born in 1899, blogged her thoughts “on modern life and her experiences living through the entire 20th century.”

Olive was a pioneer of the edges of the global smart mob. She added to the clustering of texting kids and hyper-twitting biz middleagers a voice and perspective from a nursing home “Down Under” and from decades as far back as ten. She had input into the wisdom of the crowd from the wisdom of age. Yahoo! reports:

Riley’s blog, initially on and more recently at, was “mind-blowing to her,” her great grandson Darren Stone said. “She had people communicating with her from as far away as Russia and America on a continual basis, not just once in a while,” he told the national AAP news agency.

“She enjoyed the notoriety — it kept her mind fresh.”

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