When people talk about Myspace, they tend to remember two things: the often hilarious status updates they shared as teenagers, and the face of Tom, the first friend everyone had on Myspace.
What most people don’t know about the platform and its founder though is that the popular social networking site, Myspace, was sold in 2005 for a startling $580 million. It was also the largest social networking site in the world between 2005 and 2008, and even surpassed Google as the most visited website in the US in June, 2006.
It’s founder, Tom Anderson? Yeah, he retired before the age of 40 as a multi-multi-millionaire.
Now, he’s a world traveler and photographer (follow him on Instagram and Facebook)—and a very talented one, at that. Indonesia, Singapore, Hawaii, China, Scotland and beyond, he takes photos all over the world—and then shares them with his 7 million+ followers across social media platforms like Instagram. He also has a personal blog where he pairs his world travels with his own personal musings.
Basically, he’s living the life every Millennial spends their workdays daydreaming about.
His Instagram photos are no joke.
The Lavafall from the Big Island of Hawaii. I first shot lava pouring into the ocean when I started photography in 2012. I didn't realize how lucky I was to have witnessed this amazing phenomenon — shortly after seeing it, the lava stopped flowing into the ocean and did not come back until 2016. This was taken in August. I came back to this location 4 or 5 times over several days and each time it would change dramatically. On the bottom of this photo, you can see the glowing ledge I'm standing on. When I returned to this spot 24 hours later, the lava was flowing directly under me and the ledge was just too hot to stand on. I couldn't even last for 2 or 3 seconds to get a shot off! Truly one of those most awesome inspiring things you could see on this Earth!
You’ve got to give it to him, at least he doesn’t stay in one place. There are tons of Instagrammers out there who might be living it up, but they rarely leave their familiar surroundings. The same photos of California are only cool for so long.
“My passion for photography is what keeps me traveling. I have multiple homes in multiple cities, but I’m not satisfied just staying where I’m comfortable. I want to keep creating,” said Tom, about his jet-setter lifestyle.
How Tom from Myspace got into photography was the result of a trip to Burning Man, he said when I recently interviewed him.
“I wasn’t taking photography all that seriously, I just wanted to document a wild scene. But when I loaded the photos onto my computer, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to capture more scenes around the world.”
Well, he seems to be succeeding. Tom also has quite the eye for color grading. His unique style looks like something out of The Great Gatsby.
In addition to his worldly travels, Tom also does giveaways and contests on his social media profiles, inviting Followers to come join him in unique locations.
If this isn’t the wanderlust sort of lifestyle that makes you jealous, I don’t know what is. Not a bad way to spend retirement, wouldn’t you say? Follow Tom on Facebook and Instagram to stay current with his adventures.