Does your social class decide your online social network?

social_networksLike a lot of people, Anna Owens began using MySpace more than four years ago to keep in contact with friends who weren't in college.

But soon she felt too old for the social-networking site, and the customizable pages with music that were fun at first began to annoy her. By the time she graduated from the University of Puget Sound, Owens' classmates weren't on MySpace - they were on Facebook.

Throughout graduate school and beyond, as her network began to expand, Owens ceased using MySpace altogether. Facebook had come to represent the whole of her social and qualified universe.

"MySpace has one population, Facebook has another," said the 26-year-old, who works for an affordable-housing nonprofit in San Francisco, California. "Blue-collar, part-time workers might like the request of MySpace more - it definitely depends on who you meet and what they use; that's what motivates people to join and stay interested."

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