MySpace Founder Tom Anderson Reacts to Viral Tweet Praising Him

MySpace founder Tom Anderson has reacted to a viral tweet celebrating him in a rare social media post, as Twitter users petition to "Bring Back Myspace Tom."

Anderson has been quiet online for the past couple of years, and apart from responding to another tweet earlier this month, had not posted on Twitter since April 2019.

But Anderson broke his social media silence to respond to a tweet by Jack D Murphy, who said: "Remember Tom? Remember how he just sold his $500m share in myspace and retired so he could have a nice life?

"He never sold our data, never tried to influence elections, never lobbied against privacy legislations... what a man. Myspace was just too pure for this world."

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Anderson replied to the tweet with three emojis: two smiley faces with hearts and a shaka hand sign.

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The original tweet has more than 139,000 likes at the time of writing and has had many Twitter users reminiscing about their time on MySpace wondering what had happened to Anderson.

What happened to MySpace Tom?

After selling Myspace to News Corp for $580 million in 2005, Anderson left the company in 2009. In his retirement, Anderson took up travel photography after taking photos at Burning Man in 2011.

Anderson told Architectural Digest in 2017: "I took photos at the event and couldn't believe that was coming from my own camera. I was hooked instantly. I like to photograph amazing scenes in nature—jaw dropping moments that are hard to believe they are even real."

The social media platform founder would share his travel photographs on his Instagram—his handle is still @myspacetom—but he has not posted since January 2019, when he shared a "Ten Year Challenge" post that featured the classic image from his original Myspace profile.

However, a Twitter user shared two more recent photos of Anderson, leading people to compare how happy he seems to look compared to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

The viral tweet is causing former MySpace users to reminisce about their time on the social media platform, with one person saying: "MySpace is trending which means 30-somethings are reminiscing about being in school & spending actual hours editing their profiles, figuring out what song to play when someone went to your page, & fighting to be someone's top 8. Me. I am that 30-something."

Mykie said: "look, if we can't bring back myspace can we at least bring back myspace hair?"

Another Twitter user said: "Somewhere there's a universe where we all just stayed on wholesome a** MySpace instead of Facebook. Real turning point in our society."

A Twitter user shared the viral tweet and said: "I think we should all make a massive move from Facebook back to MySpace, and not the new MySpace, the old MySpace where you could personalize your page."

While MySpace is still running, it has changed a lot since the noughties, when it was the biggest social networking site in the world. Now, MySpace is not as popular as it used to be, but is home to artist profiles, news articles, and lists, and is a music streaming site.

As reported by Statista, as of April 2020, Facebook is the most popular social media platform with around 2.5 billion active users, followed by YouTube and WhatsApp, which each have around 2 billion active users. Instagram has 1 billion and TikTok has 800 million active users.

Newsweek has contacted Tom Anderson for comment.

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Myspace CEO Tom Anderson poses for a portrait during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2007, in Park City, Utah. On July 14, 2020, Anderson responded to a tweet praising him and Myspace after being mostly inactive on social media for the past couple of years. Getty/Mark Mainz
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