Definition of social media

: forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos)

Examples of social media in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Video posted to social media showed a large fireball explode over the plant. Fox News, "Texas chemical plant explosion erupts in flames, rattles homes for miles," 28 Nov. 2019 Tedros, as he is known, said in a video the WHO distributed on social media. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Four Ebola-response workers killed in attacks, forcing withdrawal from critical DRC region," 28 Nov. 2019 Popeyes may have come out the unofficial winner of the Chicken Sandwich Wars of 2019 after sparking a viral social media campaign—featuring iconic clapbacks against Chick-Fil-A and Wendy’s—and other conversation starting tweets. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "‘Black Twitter Made This Whole Thing Happen’: The Truth Behind Popeyes’ Viral Chicken Sandwich Campaign," 28 Nov. 2019 Stars emerged out of Brooklyn (Pop Smoke), Spain (Rosalía) and Nigeria (Burna Boy), expertly wielding social media and huge streaming numbers to captivate audiences across the world. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The 10 Best Songs of 2019," 28 Nov. 2019 Dan Hurley went on an impassioned rant about social media criticism that followed Gilbert’s shortcomings. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: My turnips hot-take, Alterique Gilbert’s struggles, Dan Hurley’s response and more from my email inbox," 28 Nov. 2019 Several lawmakers took to social media to express outrage at the operation, including 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. CBS News, "Lawmakers blast "cruel and appaling" ICE sting operation targeting foreign students," 28 Nov. 2019 An important part of capturing the scene, her photos are shared across social media after local shows. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "A sober safe space: Louisville straight edge scene is hardcore music, not hardcore drinking," 27 Nov. 2019 Happy to wait Jake Williamson, 30, a bank operations manager from Jacksonville, Florida, reached out to Lincoln executives on social media after preordering his Aviator. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "$70K Aviator up for a top automotive honor — but some buyers have horror stories," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of social media

2004, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2019

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“Social media.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of social media

: forms of electronic communication (such as Web sites) through which people create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, etc.

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