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 On social media, broadcast media, and sometimes even in person, students and adults can expect to see former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver interacting with Marcus performers and audiences. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 July 2021 ProPublica also reviewed the federal criminal complaint and other court documents; reports by governments, academic entities and human rights groups; and social media and press archives. Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, 23 July 2021 The demonstration drew reaction on social media, where some users mocked the U.S. team for its protest and losing the match. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, 23 July 2021 His partner posted a picture of him, grinning at his sewing machine, and posted it on social media — and things kind of snowballed from there. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 July 2021 On social media and in interviews with Chinese media, some survivors shared harrowing accounts of how the disaster unfolded on the subway. Nectar Gan And Zixu Wang, CNN, 22 July 2021 To learn more about the situation in Cuba and support important fundraising initiatives, follow the #SOSCuba hashtag on social media and grassroots organizations like Cubanos Pa'lante. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 July 2021 Tens of thousands of legitimate claimants were swept up by that action, leading to a surge of desperation expressed on social media and frantic calls to lawmakers’ offices. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 Today, younger members of the Taliban, a group once known for eschewing technology, have adopted social media, TV and radios to promote their extremist version of Islamic law. Sher Jan Ahmadzai, The Conversation, 22 July 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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26 Jul 2021

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“Social media.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 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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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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