Tom Anderson: Co-founder of the social networking website Myspace


Thomas Anderson (born November 8, 1970) is an American co-founder of the social networking website Myspace, which he founded in 2003 with Chris DeWolfe. He was later president of Myspace and a strategic adviser for the company until he left in 2009. Anderson is popularly known as “Tom from Myspace” because until 2010 he would automatically be assigned as the first “friend” of new Myspace users upon the creation of their profiles.

Anderson’s father was an entrepreneur. As a teenager at San Pasqual High in Escondido, California, Anderson was a computer hacker under the pseudonym “Lord Flathead” (friends with Bill Landreth), and prompted a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid after he cracked the security of Chase Manhattan Bank. He was not arrested because of his young age (14). 

Anderson studied English and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, prior to becoming the lead singer of a band called “Swank. Anderson then lived in Taiwan for some time, before returning to the United States to study for a degree in Critical Film Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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