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 In order to get there more often, take extra time away from social media, news, and the opinions of others in order to find your own voice around a matter of the heart. Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Gemini Tarot Horoscopes: May 2021," 1 May 2021 Srinivas BV, the president of the youth wing of the opposition Congress Party, is leading an effort to answer distress calls on social media and the messaging platform WhatsApp. Washington Post, "India reports record-breaking 400,000 new cases; Fauci says crisis ‘like a war’," 1 May 2021 Renovation of the greenway trails on Alazán and Apache creeks attracted cyclists from outside the community who spread the word through social media and recreational apps like Strava. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "West Side residents hope creek restoration, more trails will revitalize community," 1 May 2021 While protests and direct action have long been tools used by Black activists, Gen-Z organizers stand out for their adeptness with social media, which became increasingly crucial during the pandemic. Malavika Kannan, San Francisco Chronicle, "'We're playing the long game': Young Bay Area organizers see a society without police as their ultimate goal," 30 Apr. 2021 Liberty Net became an early version of social media, replete with games, music, lectures and kids’ activities. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "From memes to race war: How extremists use popular culture to lure recruits," 30 Apr. 2021 Parents should check their school district’s website or social media, or ask a staff member, for information about any summer learning programs that are still enrolling students. Ruth Serven Smith |, al, "7 things Alabama families can do this summer to keep children on track in school," 30 Apr. 2021 Clips cycled through social media, where many of the most striking witness statements went viral. Jason Parham, Wired, "Black Pain Will Never Stop Trending," 30 Apr. 2021 Companies like Meituan, JD and Tencent rely on their payments operations to drive their core operations in e-commerce, gaming and social media. Fortune, "Beijing using its Ant Group playbook to crack down on 13 other tech firms," 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of social media

2004, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Social media.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 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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