social media

plural in form but singular or plural in construction

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 on social media shows billowing dark clouds of smoke and flames engulfing the refinery. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2022 The concepts in that book, deemed too dangerous to young minds by some legislators or parents, are freely available on educational websites and Wikipedia, recapped on social media and documented in mainstream articles. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2022 Weisberg, who lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, captured the hilariously honest review from her 5-year-old on video four years ago, and shares it on social media every year to mark the start of the school year. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 22 Sep. 2022 Federer thinks highlight-reel shots that make their way around on social media can help. Howard Fendrich, ajc, 22 Sep. 2022 Unlike most Hollywood couples, the start of Quinta and Kevin's relationship wasn't officially disclosed to the public on social media. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 22 Sep. 2022 The cries for Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich's job started on social media before halftime of Sunday's 24-0 loss in Jacksonville. The Indianapolis Star, 22 Sep. 2022 Many celebrities have removed their hijab and shared the clips on social media. Somayeh Malekian, ABC News, 22 Sep. 2022 The deadly unrest has been documented on social media. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of social media

2004, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social media was in 2004

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24 Sep 2022

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“Social media.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition of social media

: forms of electronic communication (as Web sites) through which people create online communities to share content (as information, personal messages, and videos)


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