Great-Grandma Finds Solace, Joy and Selfies on Instagram

Monday, March 17, 2014 • by Gene Newman

Source: Instagram, grandmabetty33

Call her InstaGranny! Betty Simpson, who goes by the Instagram handle Grandmabetty33, has become a social media marvel as she fights cancer and shares her adorable spirit with the world.

The account was created by Simpson's 18-year-old great-grandson so the family could monitor her progress. As of now she has over 85,000 followers (thanks in part to this ABC News story) and loves posting selfies, dancing to Pharrell William's hit song Happy and offering up tidbits of advice. Plus, naps with her adorable doggie:


Source: Instagram, grandmabetty33

It's always nice to see someone get positive attention on social media, but the part that struck us the most is the underlying reason why the great-grandson set up the account in the first place: To keep the family in the loop. It's easy to dismiss social media as a place with pointless gossip and mean opinions carelessly flying around; when used in GrandmaBetty88's manner it can connect families in a creative and fun way. Even if her account was only followed by eight people instead of 80,000 it'd still be a worthwhile endevaor for what it provides: Comfort for the family and an inspriational pick-me-up for the rest of us.

For those of you lucky enough with living Grandparents take note. It's never too late to get them to go digital.


Source: Instagram, grandmabetty33