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Tom the Elder?

Breaking News: MySpace's Tom just aged five years

October 30, 2007

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Tom the Elder?

12:25 PM -- Newsweek reports that MySpace 's founding father is more like its founding grandfather:

  • As the public face of MySpace, cofounder Tom Anderson has become a celebrity since the site launched in 2003 because he's every user's first "friend": when you join MySpace, your profile is automatically linked to his. But it turns out that Tom, who, along with cofounder Chris DeWolfe, made a fortune when News Corp. bought MySpace for $580 million in 2005, may have a secret: his real age. According to public documents obtained by NEWSWEEK—including professional license information, voter registration and utility and telephone service applications—Anderson is five years older than he claims. His online profile currently lists his age as 32, but it appears he was actually born on Nov. 8, 1970, meaning he'll turn 37 next week, not 33.

Oof. Scandalous. You can guess which lying, old fart isn't getting an e-card from me this year...

  • Rumors about Anderson's age began to spread last week, when the blog TechCrunch suggested that he was 36 or 37. Anderson and MySpace declined multiple requests for comment, and the company would not confirm his birth date. "I'm pretty bummed out about it," says 25-year-old Andrew Haynes, a Seattle comedian. "I've always taken MySpace with a grain of salt, but Tom was my first friend. It's kind of messed up that he lied to me."

Well, you know what they say: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."

— Red Panda, Not Really a Panda, Light Reading

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