social network


Definition of social network 

1 : a network of individuals (such as friends, acquaintances, and coworkers) connected by interpersonal relationships

2 : an online service or site through which people create and maintain interpersonal relationships And millions of people have become comfortable using smart-phones to share information about themselves, via mobile apps that access social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.The Economist

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David snapped a quick picture and posted it on Facebook and on, the private social network for neighborhoods. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Social media great at helping lost pets get home again," 15 June 2018 The most significant law on the books, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, was passed in 1986, long before the advent of smartphones, social networks, and even widespread use of email. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "SCOTUS and Congress Leave the Right to Privacy Up for Grabs," 3 July 2018 That’s been an incredibly successful, if unsustainable, way to grow, giving the executive a high profile and the social network more than 2 billion users., "Zuckerberg Testifies Before Senate Panel," 10 Apr. 2018 In addition to helping the Congolese navigate various educational, business, transportation and social networks, support can involve exposure to some surprising experiences. Brian Albrecht,, "Congolese part of new tapestry of immigration to Cleveland," 1 Apr. 2018 In the early 2000s, a set of technologies came together into platforms, social networks and software that made connectivity and solving complex problems fast, virtually free, easy for you, ubiquitous and invisible. Thomas Friedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook’s problem – and ours," 29 Mar. 2018 One of the most prominent nationalist Buddhist monks, Ashin Wirathu, whose profile was removed from Facebook, recently admitted that other social networks such as YouTube and Twitter do not work as well. Sofia Lotto Persio, Newsweek, "Facebook Played Role in Spreading Hate Speech Against Rohingya in Myanmar Says U.N.," 13 Mar. 2018 But this rings especially true for black women, who tend to be more dependent on their family and social networks for support. Kellee Terrell, The Root, "How Isolation, Stigma and Shame Are Killing Black Women Living With HIV," 13 Mar. 2018 The social network was lambasted for enabling someone like Kessler to use the platform to share messages of hate. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Does Twitter Have a White Supremacist Problem? Seth Rogen Sure Thinks So," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of social network

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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