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 State health spokeswoman Holly Poynter said in a statement that the agency worked with community groups to share information on social media. The Arizona Republic, "Latino leaders urge better promotion of free COVID-19 tests in Phoenix," 3 Aug. 2020 The police tactic of using photos published on social media and even in news publications has led activists to urge restraint from protesters, observers and some journalists. Washington Post, "An artist stopped posting protest photos online to shield activists from police. Then, he was arrested.," 3 Aug. 2020 More information on the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank is available at or on social media. cleveland, "Sunrise Rotary Club brings Books for Kids project to Rocky River," 3 Aug. 2020 Checkers struggled in recent years after unflattering videos surfaced on social media showing employees smoking inside kitchens and mopping the floor with burger buns. Steven Church,, "Checkers Traffic Falls During Pandemic, and Sales Climb Anyway," 3 Aug. 2020 Throughout their pregnancies, the Bella twins shared numerous side-by-side shots of their baby bellies on social media. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, "Twins Nikki and Brie Bella deliver baby boys one day apart: 'We are overwhelmed with joy'," 3 Aug. 2020 Rumors about test result letters popped on social media weeks ago. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, "COVID-19 Q&A: Do people really get letters saying they're sick even if they never took the test?," 3 Aug. 2020 Obama, who released similar lists prior to the 2018 midterm elections, posted his endorsement list on social media on Monday morning. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Obama releases 'first wave' of 2020 endorsements," 3 Aug. 2020 Messages flooded in on social media from politicians, actresses, actors. Aleks Klosok, CNN, "How family, fight and fortune fashioned India's very own sporting 'Wonder Woman'," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of social media

2004, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2020

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“Social media.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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