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)

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Recent Examples on the Web But many fans, especially young ones, are consuming the game in new ways, largely through social media instead of traditional television broadcasts. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Zion Williamson Is More Than a Walking Mixtape," 22 Feb. 2020 Still, interviews with doctors, patients and social media discussion point to an emerging crisis that could leave a deadly trail even after the outbreak ebbs. Time, "Hospitals in China, Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Turn Away Patients With Other Pressing Needs," 21 Feb. 2020 Image theft isn’t unique to Kyselica, or even social media influencers. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Companies Are Stealing Influencers' Faces," 21 Feb. 2020 And social media wasn't buying the team's apology, mocking the 'Stros with stinging memes. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "#CancelHouston: Comedian Daniel Tosh bashes Houston Astros on social media," 20 Feb. 2020 Day after day, online, in print, on TV and on social media, women are inundated with advertisements for wellness products that promise to fix our skin and our digestion and our hair and our mood seemingly at once. Emmeline Clein, Smithsonian Magazine, "Madame Yale Made a Fortune With the 19th Century’s Version of Goop," 20 Feb. 2020 In addition to its terrestrial signal, radio has sunk its tentacles into the web, social media and digital streaming, and more companies are extending their brands through video content and podcasts. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Country Radio Seminar Finds 100-Year-Old Medium At Crossroads: Can It Reinvent Itself (Again)?," 20 Feb. 2020 Since the video has gone viral across social media, the case has been brought up for investigation and Duke has been put on desk duty. Levi Edwards |, al, "Mobile police officer on desk duty as department investigates arrest video," 20 Feb. 2020 Oracle is the owner of Java, a popular programming platform used to create apps for messaging, navigation, news, and social media. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Movie Studios Back Oracle in Supreme Court Fight Over Computer Code," 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of social media

2004, in the meaning defined above

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24 Feb 2020

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“Social media.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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: 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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