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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Twitter was down for tens of thousands of people worldwide Thursday afternoon as reports of issues began coming in at about 2:45 p.m. Users couldn't access the social network from a computer (about 50%) or their iPhones, iPads or Androids. Tiffini Theisen,, "Twitter goes down; tens of thousands of users report issues worldwide," 11 July 2019 Try this: Neighbors on the Nextdoor social network suggest Fig Tree Eatery, Sushi Ota and Leilani’s Cafe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pacific Beach: Take a bike, a Segway or a surfboard to the Crystal Pier," 28 June 2019 Twitter also said its software will try to limit the spread of these tweets on the social network. Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg, Time, "New Twitter Label Will Flag Violating Tweets From Trump, Other Word Leaders," 27 June 2019 Shahid Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Tiger Shroff debuted on TikTok, the social network where users upload 15-second videos. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "As YouTubers eye Bollywood glory, movie star Alia Bhatt is aiming for their bastion," 27 June 2019 Sacks, long one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent tech titans, served as the founding COO of PayPal and also founded Yammer, the enterprise social network acquired by Microsoft in 2012 for a whopping $1.2 billion. Variety, The Mercury News, "Yammer founder seeks $22.5 million for Silicon Valley estate," 25 June 2019 For example, Google+ failed to become a meaningful competitor for Facebook because people stuck with the social network where all their friends were. Amanda Lotz, The Conversation, "Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large," 24 June 2019 The attackers who carried out the mass hack that Facebook disclosed two weeks ago obtained user account data belonging to as many as 30 million users, the social network said on Friday. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Here’s how to see if you’re among the 30 million compromised Facebook users," 12 Oct. 2018 In a statement, the social network said the activity originating in Iran and the activity sourced to Russia were not related. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Google unveils Iran-linked 'state-sponsored phishing attack' on its properties," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of social network

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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