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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According to a new study, the social network also gets a lot of data in a steady stream from apps that offer it up of their own accord. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "There's a Whole Web of Popular Apps Sending Your Data Off to Facebook," 2 Jan. 2019 This thing is here to stay, as a new kind of social network. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Fortnite was 2018’s most important social network," 21 Dec. 2018 Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic criticized Facebook on Sunday after a former employee of data firm Cambridge Analytica went public with claims that the company had harvested information from 50 million users of the social network. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Lawmakers demand answers from Facebook after claim that analytics firm snatched user data for Trump campaign," 2 Oct. 2018 The roadmap from here follows that same course, buttressing the gaming appeal of Pokémon Go with hints of a social network. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Quiet, Steady Dominance of Pokémon Go," 6 July 2018 Facebook saw a massive pushback from customers after the political research firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to the personal data of millions of the social network’s users. Janelle Nanos,, "Amazon dressed me for a week. Here’s what I learned.," 2 July 2018 Image On Facebook, two former employees of the social network started a fund-raiser on Saturday to collect $1,500 for migrants who needed legal assistance because of the new policy. Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, "Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration," 19 June 2018 That sort of social network remains vital to the world's purveyors of pearls, as well as mansions—as does a new generation of clients, a powerful group that includes numerous ingenues and princesses-to-be. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Was the Cartier Mansion the Real Estate Deal of the Century?," 6 Sep. 2016 The Growth of a Movement Most recently, in response to mounting research about how social networks and a total sense of well-being contribute to good health, ChurchFIT developed a mental health ministry. Marty Munson, Woman's Day, "One Woman Is Changing Lives By Bringing Health and Fitness to Church," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of social network

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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