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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As such, the pop star turned beauty and fashion mogul has made classic suits a part of her repertoire for meetings, nights out, or simply posing on social media. Vogue, "Rihanna Remixes the Business Suit With a Street Style Staple," 18 Apr. 2019 Kat's out here staging elaborate social media campaigns for Scarlet yet the staff treats writing web articles like catching the plague. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 Incredibly Petty Issues I Have With The Bold Type," 17 Apr. 2019 However, the actor, writer, and producer shared her excitement about the part on social media. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lena Waithe Is Joining the Cast of Westworld Season 3," 14 Apr. 2019 The couple are experts at trolling each other across social media, but this might be their best moment yet. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Confirmed to Ryan Reynolds That Detective Pikachu Is Indeed, Hot," 11 Apr. 2019 The content will be shareable via social media, Microsoft said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will ship the Windows 10 May 2019 Update in late May, giving you power over updates," 4 Apr. 2019 Additionally, Leary adds most people on social media upload multiple photos of themselves and their day-to-day activities. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "6 Signs You're Being Catfished," 3 Apr. 2019 Even while operating under KensingtonRoyal, the couple had a more laissez-faire social media style: during their royal tour of Fiji, Australia, Tonga, and New Zealand, Prince Harry did his own Instagram Story while flying in a helicopter. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Now Have Their Own Instagram Account," 2 Apr. 2019 Passengers affected by the closure have criticized Wow Air on social media over the lack of communication. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "WOW Air Just Completely Shut Down Without Warning," 28 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of social media

2004, in the meaning defined above

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21 Apr 2019

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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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