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 Season 23, has announced on social media that he’s tested positive for the coronavirus. oregonlive, "Former ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood says he’s tested positive for coronavirus: ‘This virus doesn’t care how old or healthy you are’," 21 Mar. 2020 Yet the Trump Organization, which is also pushing to keep other properties open and promote them on social media, has avoided the widespread shutdowns some larger hotel chains have implemented. New York Times, "Coronavirus Live Updates: 1 in 5 Americans Will Soon Be Ordered Indoors," 21 Mar. 2020 Dana Bash’s comments and reaction Bash’s comments were widely circulated on social media, both in video clips and write-ups. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Did CNN's Dana Bash praise Trump about coronavirus?," 20 Mar. 2020 Some of Edgeworth's colleagues, like Today co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, took to social media on Friday to pay tribute. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "NBC News staffer dies after testing positive for coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 Newsom said in his evening news conference streamed live on social media. Kathleen Ronayne, Anchorage Daily News, "California governor orders statewide stay-at-home order," 20 Mar. 2020 White, who was sentenced to 13 years behind bars in 2018, is accused of insulting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and posting a photo on his social media. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Trump calls for release of kidnapped journalist Austin Tice: ‘Syria, please work with us’," 20 Mar. 2020 Some reporters have used social media to address what their new reality is like. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit TV new teams are coping amid coronavirus pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 Gina Davison scrolled through social media, overwhelmed by the constant onslaught of coronavirus posts. Emilie Eaton,, "Worried about the coronavirus? These San Antonio residents banded together to help others. Here’s how you can, too.," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of social media

2004, in the meaning defined above

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23 Mar 2020

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“Social media.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 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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