Marc Andreessen back on Twitter after five months away

He’s back!

It appears five months was the longest prominent Silicon Valley investor and former prolific tweeter Marc Andreessen could go dark on Twitter.

In September Andreessen said he was taking a break from the social media site, without giving a specific reason.

Now Andreessen has returned, indicating he’s posting to raise money for charity.

https://twitter.com/pmarca/status/836250024799449089

“Ask me anything!” Andreessen offered, advertising $100 per answer. The tweet links to this contact page for Andreessen.

That money will go to Black Girls Code, an organization that teaches computer coding skills to young girls from underrepresented communities.

Andreessen, who was dubbed the “father of the tweetstorm” by TechCrunch, prompted mass speculation on social media when he decided to quit Twitter last year. Some wondered whether Twitter made it too easy to get mixed up in controversy. Take last year’s blunder — when Andreessen faced a backlash after weighing in on a decision by India’s national telecom regulator to block access to Facebook’s Free Basics internet service.

Andreessen tweeted: “Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?” He later apologized.

We may never know what prompted Andreessen’s Twitter hiatus.

But for now, the Twitter universe is welcoming him back. On Tuesday evening his return tweet had been “liked” more than 350 times.

Photo: Marc Andreessen, a board member of Facebook, is questioned by the media after attending Facebook’s IPO roadshow event at Crowne Plaza hotel in Palo Alto on May 11, 2012. (Dai Sugano/Mercury News)

 

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