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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Having an alternative social network to extremism, including family, was critical to successful disengagement and reintegration. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 Architect of the Capitol On Facebook, there are certain truths that are self-evident — such as the fact that the social network’s automated filters aren’t always going to make the right call. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Facebook reinstates Declaration of Independence post after mistakenly flagging it as hate speech," 5 July 2018 But Facebook, by being the largest social network in the history of the world, has basically munched them all together. Eric Johnson, Recode, "These are the ‘invisible’ challenges that make it harder for Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter to grow," 5 July 2018 The police in New York have long used social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to track criminal activity and gangs. New York Times, "‘Disgusted’ by Video of Fatal Stabbing of Teen, Callers Flood Police Tip Line," 24 June 2018 Apps like Instagram and Snapchat ask for contact information to help users build social networks. Mark Gurman, Anchorage Daily News, "Apple cracks down on apps sharing information on users' friends," 12 June 2018 This week, The New York Times reported that Facebook shared data with Huawei as part of an agreement to bring the social network to Huawei's phones. Klint Finley, WIRED, "The Deal to Save ZTE Won't Resolve US-China Tensions," 7 June 2018 Research at the University of California, Berkeley, found that twenty-somethings report feeling lonely twice as often as people in their fifties and sixties, despite having large social networks. Radha Agrawal, Glamour, "Is Your Tribe Helping or Hurting Your Mental Health?," 1 June 2018 Facebook, for instance, is best known for its website and app, but both are just the tip of a virtual iceberg: most of the software and all the information that keep the social network going lives in the firm’s cloud. The Economist, "Raiders of the killer dappBlockchain technology may offer a way to re-decentralise the internet," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of social network

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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