Myspace is back in the social media spotlight this week. On Monday, a viral tweet comparing Myspace founder Tom Anderson to other social media moguls such as Facebook‘s Mark Zuckerberg began to circulate.
After Anderson acknowledged the tweet, many Twitter users are now reminiscing about the good old days they spent on Myspace.
At the start of July, Myspace returned to the social media spotlight after a searchable music database launched. The database features half a million of the near 50 million songs that were accidentally deleted back in 2018. Songs from Never Shout Never, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Bring Me The Horizon and blink-182 are among the files that were deleted. They can now be found and streamed on the new searchable database.
Now, Myspace is in the spotlight again for a completely different reason. Twitter user @JackDMurphy shared a tweet about the platform’s founder on Monday. In the tweet, he compares Anderson to the other social media moguls we see today.
“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,” the tweet says.
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. pic.twitter.com/9kPMhLlMP2
— ᴊᴀᴄᴋ 👑✨ (@JackDMurphy) July 13, 2020
So far, the tweet has been liked over 200,000 times and retweeted over 40,000 times. On Tuesday, Anderson himself caught wind of the tweet circulating. He acknowledged it with a few loving emojis.
— Tom Anderson (@myspacetom) July 14, 2020
Anderson sold Myspace for a reported $580 million dollars in 2005. Since then, he has been relatively quiet online. Apart from his replies to a few tweets, Anderson hasn’t tweeted since 2017. From the looks of his Instagram, Anderson has spent his time traveling and taking some amazing photographs. However, his last post on the photo-sharing platform was back in 2019.
The viral tweet praising Anderson has led to many people tweeting about their days on Myspace. From discovering their favorite bands to learning how to use HTML and eventually forging a career in coding, users are revealing the impact Myspace has had on them.
MySpace really had us learning code just to post selfies where we weren’t looking at the camera with the caption *~* I’ll be your 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 kept 𝐬̶𝐞̶𝐜̶𝐫̶𝐞̶𝐭̶ and your biggest 𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 *~* Please come back, MySpace – we didn’t know what we had 😭
— Mandie Marie (@mandiemarie19) July 13, 2020
My playlist on #myspace was always lit. I also discovered so many new artist going to friends pages. I miss that
— Sistah Big Bones Davis (@YaaDavis) July 14, 2020
This is why I like #myspace than #facebook. Not only you listen to great music/unknown artists, but, you interact w/ real individuals or your fave artists w/ same interests. Some become your real friends for life. I had 15,000+ friends way back. Then I isolated. Proud of Tom. https://t.co/aLxNRjfd8G
— 𝕯𝖊𝖇𝖎 𝕸𝖊𝖓𝖉𝖊𝖟 – 𝕭𝖎𝖑𝖆𝖊 (@disintegrating) July 14, 2020
— cesco (@ffrancescoo) July 14, 2020
MySpace is trending, so as tribute let’s all remember the true stress of prioritizing your friend group before going to dolphin mall on saturdays….
I miss this pic.twitter.com/fpu1WbagJv
— 𝖏 𝖔 𝖓 𝖎 🌹 (@Jonaniswin) July 14, 2020
— Lakeysha Taylor (@SweetlyAnimated) July 14, 2020
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.
— Shai🌷 (@lavelyshai) July 14, 2020
Myspace is trending and I can say without a doubt in hindsight it was the most elite form of social media ever invented
— Drew (@drewcadell94) July 14, 2020
When I saw MySpace trending on Twitter but Tom isn’t coming back. pic.twitter.com/boZkunZMJT
— Cameron Grant (@OtherCoolCam101) July 14, 2020
What are some of your favorite memories from Myspace? Let us know in the comments below!