TAHLEQUAH DAILY PRESS -- Dec 22 -- As of Wednesday, Dec. 21, Myspace.com had 44,448,308 members and accounted for 10% of all online advertisement viewed in November. Why do 44 million people want to be Tom's friend? "You can use it in a very local way, to keep up with your friends; it's kinda like a telephone with pictures. Plus, it's music-oriented, so you can find a lot of new bands." This user said, the ability to "get rid of" friends and allow only people you want to communicate with to send you messages makes the site more personal - more like a virtual clubhouse than the 44 million-member network that it is. Another online social network is Xanga.com, which has less emphasis on music than Myspace.com. Half of the users of Xanga.com are between the ages of 12 and 24. Facebook.com is marketed more toward college students, but a high school version was recently launched as well.
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