Newsweek has confirmed our story that MySpace cofounder Tom Anderson, who automatically becomes everyone’s first friend when they register for the site, has lied about his age. Newsweek based their confirmation on “professional license information, voter registration and utility and telephone service applications” (our story was based on a statement by a MySpace executive).
When MySpace was founded in 2003, Anderson claimed to be 27 years old. At the time he was actually 32. Today he claims to be 32, when in reality he celebrates his 37th birthday next week, on November 8. Anderson’s Wikipedia page has been updated to note the controversy. His MySpace page, for now, continues to perpetuate the fiction.