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 The infatuation has sometimes become so impulsive that stans have threatened the lives of strangers on social media for criticizing the object of their fixation. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "“Stans” have changed what it means to be a music fan—for better and worse," 7 Feb. 2020 Check below for some of the reaction on social media. oregonlive, "Today’s chat: Antarctica hit its warmest temperature ever recorded," 7 Feb. 2020 Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues can be part of the equation; so can stress, bullying, social media, academics and peer pressure. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "North Texas parents, we have to confront teen suicide because ‘right now it’s winning’," 7 Feb. 2020 Images of the broken kora and the TSA notice have been shared widely on social media. Joe Penney, Quartz Africa, "How US Customs officers damaged a revered West African artist’s custom-built kora," 6 Feb. 2020 On social media, Maspero often posted about his efforts to stay sober in his battle with alcohol addiction. Jacob Beltran,, "Suspect accused of injuring woman who died two days later arrested for probation violation," 6 Feb. 2020 News and opinion sites, blogs, social media, and even advertisements repeated these talking points. Nathan L. Kinard, National Review, "Ethics Rules Do Not Bar Judges from Membership in the Federalist Society," 6 Feb. 2020 Of the three Democratic challengers, Eva Putzova, a former Flagstaff City Council member, has attracted the most attention with a progressive political platform and active campaigning on social media. Katie Surma, azcentral, "House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy endorses Tiffany Shedd in CD 1," 6 Feb. 2020 Adding fuel to the rumor mill, the Stones’ various social media pages featured an eight-second clip of their famed logo flashing in the sky. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "The Rolling Stones 2020 tour is coming to Louisville. What to know and how to get tickets," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of social media

2004, in the meaning defined above

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10 Feb 2020

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“Social media.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 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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