Remember Tom From Myspace? This Is What He's Doing Now
In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg's congress testimony and the recent backlash against Facebook's data sharing, we couldn't help but cast our minds back to a far simpler time in the world of social networking.
It’s clear that Zuckerberg is trying to trick the country into thinking he’s human.
We know robots don’t need water, Mark. pic.twitter.com/fbFFMxhe4g
— Based Monitored 🇺🇸🇮🇪 (@BasedMonitored) April 10, 2018
In the early 2000s, Myspace was ~the~ place to be. The social networking site was all about good, clean fun - when it was cool to code your profile with glittery GIFS and Panic At The Disco songs, and your only cause of stress was who you'd include in your top eight friends.
Ahh, those were the days.
Getting all nostalgic about Myspace also begs another very important question: what is Tom doing now!?
Tom Anderson, the co-founder of Myspace, has a place in all of our hearts as our "first" default friend, with a profile picture that goes down in history.
Sadly, Myspace couldn't keep up with Zuckerberg's fancy Facebook and Tom sold the website to News Corp in 2005 for a cheeky $580 million, before retiring in 2009.
The now 47-year-old is pretty much living out all our dreams in Hawaii, and has pursued a whole new career as a travel photographer.
Me and my friends paddled out to the Mokes -- two islands off the coast of Lanikai Beach on Oahu! We got the whole island to ourself (well there was a monk seal) and my friend @aj_sjostrom captured the whole thing on @gopro! I mentioned last week that I'm getting into video -- this all happened cause AJ showed me how to use these GoPros! I'm just learning but I want to do more! Thanks AJ!! Haha thats @jennleezy @tommyshih @weerdnaa @vincelimphoto @jessicafang @gribskee @coral808 all enjoying a little exercise with @koacanoes !! We all got at least 8.4% buffer after the paddle!! So fun 🌈🌏😀
His Instagram account, @myspacetom, has racked up over 600,000 followers who live for his epic travel shots from exotic desitnations like Thailand, Butan, and the Maldives.
One of my favorite drone perspectives of my stay at the the @conrad_maldives ; can you see that little rectangle sticking out from the bottom bungalow? Thats an underwater restaurant! 🏝I was dreaming of the Maldives warm shores the last few nights! 🌌I just spent some of the coldest nights of my life in a mountain village in Bhutan! Its been an eye opening trip here in the land of the Thunder Dragon—I have learned to not take life’s luxuries for granted: a warm, soft place to sleep; a heater or fire on a chilly night, or even a bathroom inside your house. All things I’ve taken for granted since birth. No longer! I can say I’m glad to have toughed it out sleeping with the same bedding as the locals, but when I come back to Bhutan I will definitely bring a sleeping bag! I’ve had very little Internet here, so I can’t yet upload the video for the Maldives trip giveaway, but its coming soon 😀
I was surprised how many people responded to what I wrote yesterday and glad to know people found comfort in my thoughts. 🙏 Often this feeling of being “lost” comes from a larger cultural context. I just got back from Bhutan, a place where life feels integrated, whole, directed. About 7 years ago, I chose to live in multiple places around the world; I consider myself a member of various communities. The differences are striking. One of my favorite homes is Hawaii. 🏝Tomorrow I’m going there.🤙Part of why I love Hawaii and why it feels like home to me is similar to the feeling I get in Bhutan. There’s an attitude of calm in Hawaii. You see it in everything, from the speed of traffic, to the gait with which people walk. 👣In part, it’s island life, but it runs deeper than geography. It’s cultural and philosophical. When your community is strong, your purpose in life feels more secure. 💕The state of Hawaii is ranked lowest in the US for depression. 😀It’s fifth lowest for separation and divorce. 👨👩👧👦Is this all because of sunny weather and beautiful beaches? I don’t think so. It helps, but that’s not the whole story. There’s a saying or hashtag you may have seen on Instagram #luckywelivehawaii To me, that simple idea reflects pride, gratitude, and wisdom, all in one concept: pride in heritage and traditions, gratitude for that heritage to exist and continue, and wisdom of those living in Hawaii to recognize the uniqueness that their heritage does exist and continue. 🌏😎When you exist in a community like that, you’re less likely to suffer as an individual. If you’re struggling on a personal level, sometimes the answer may lie outside yourself—in a community that’s waiting for you. Aloha :) 🏄♂️
Ice cave in Alaska! Did you know you can land a helicopter on a glacier? 🚁 Yah I didn’t know either! 🤓But that’s what we did. We spotted this gaping hole from the sky, and our pilot was able to find a fairly flat spot for us to land nearby. 👍Then we put on the crampons and hiked across a small bit of the glacier and down into the mouth of this cave. 🎿I’m just learning about glaciers and how thick they can be, so I’m not sure how far a cave like this one could go; but we were only near the mouth of it. If you look closely you can see giant boulders stuck in the ice above; this place was not particularly stable or safe, 🙀so we were careful to watch the boulders overhead and did not stay in very long. Just long enough to enjoy something unique and wonderful! I snapped this photo as my explore mates were climbing out! Fun times :) Quite a difference from where I am now… Hawaii :) On the day I arrived I went over to the Big Island to see the lava and now I’m on Lanai for the first time. Lanai has a population of just 3,000! I’d always wanted to visit but never had… Been so busy taking everything in, I haven’t got any photos to share, so I’ll leave that for later. 😀🤙
...And is it just us, or has he not aged in the slightest!?
Oh, and Tom bears no grudges when it comes to Facebook. He even has his own profile on the social network, with the same lo-res profile pic.
Since Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook empire began facing public scrutiny, Myspace has started trending on Twitter, with fans demanding a comeback.
— Julianna Rose Children's Foundation (@JRCFoundation) April 11, 2018
Ayyyyye #Myspace is trending! If only I could remember my damn log in! I got some THROWBACKS on there!
— ®⭕️©KY N⭕️ A$AP (@_ROCKZILLA) April 11, 2018
To be real, I'd love to see #MySpace make a comeback. It would be nice to have some completion with all this Facebook and lack of privacy going around.
— OhYaseen (@OhYaseen) April 11, 2018
— Onna Weber (@Onnawebbernets) April 11, 2018
Will Myspace be the underdog who saves the day? If Tom has anything to do with it, we've got high hopes.
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