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 Many in the community are elderly or do not have cars, so food drives, flyers and social media are used to get the word out, Bennett said. James Whitlow,, "Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force clinic opens at Aberdeen church to inoculate hard-to-reach populations," 7 Apr. 2021 Online, the group expanded through chat rooms and social media. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "A new book chronicles a century of North Texas music," 6 Apr. 2021 Tencent, which is best known for its messaging and social media app WeChat, owns 18% of the Hong Kong listed firm. Jennifer Wang, Forbes, "The 10 Richest Chinese Billionaires In 2021," 6 Apr. 2021 The Amman public prosecutor released a statement, carried by state media, saying the gag order extends to visual and auditory media as well as social media, banning the sharing of photos or videos relating to the case. Washington Post, "Jordan announces gag order on Prince Hamzeh investigation after new recording is leaked," 6 Apr. 2021 Geographic boundaries are no longer a barrier and social media has created the ability to directly access more people than ever before. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Mentors are great. But a sponsor could really help your career," 6 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, demand for documentary programming — measured using search interest, social media, YouTube streams and other data — grew 142%. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood is obsessed with ‘cult-like’ business leaders. WeWork is no exception," 6 Apr. 2021 As for long-term goals, Vogelpohl looks forward to someday hiring a team to help her with blogging, social media and other tasks. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Instagram fame, then a Walmart deal: How an Arizona woman became known for her home décor," 5 Apr. 2021 If more Kentucky Oaks and Derby tickets become available, race fans will find out about them through email and social media. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Churchill Downs to sell infield-only general admission tickets for 2021 Kentucky Derby," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Social media.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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