Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson Biography

(1970–)
Tom Anderson is best known as president and co-founder of MySpace, a site intended to help fans connect with their favorite bands and share music.

Synopsis

Born in Santa Monica, California, on November 8, 1970, Tom Anderson earned two degrees from the University of California, neither computer-related. In 2003, he teamed up with Chris DeWolfe to set up MySpace, a site intended to help fans connect with their favorite bands and share music. By 2006, MySpace reportedly had more than 106 million accounts and 230,000 new registrations per day.

Early Life

Born on November 8, 1970, in Santa Monica, California. Anderson received a bachelor's degree in rhetoric and English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998, and a master's degree in film from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000.

Creating MySpace

In 2003, Anderson, Chris DeWolfe and a few computer programmers set up the first pages of MySpace, which was designed to connect musicians and bands with their fans, enabling them to share their music online.

MySpace quickly became the rage among teens and 20-somethings and has since become the most popular social networking website on the internet. Anderson now serves as President of the company; DeWolfe is its CEO. All newly created MySpace accounts include Anderson as a default "friend," and he has subsequently become the public face of MySpace. As the most widely recognized personality on MySpace, Anderson has been the subject of parody among its users and the media at large.

In July 2005, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation purchased MySpace.com for $580 million. By 2006, MySpace reportedly had more than 106 million accounts and 230,000 new registrations per day.

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