social network

noun

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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The collaboration will build upon previous work between the social network and the regulator during the 2017 federal elections in Germany, Ms. Sandberg said. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Facebook, Germany to Collaborate Against Election Interference," 20 Jan. 2019 Here's a selection of some of the best Twitter reactions after videos were shared on the social network. SI.com, "'Worst Fans in England': Rival Supporters Mock Manchester City for 'Embarrassing' Pre-Match Gimmicks," 11 Apr. 2018 After a sea of privacy issues haunted Facebook in 2018, the social network giant is investing more time and money into cleaning up its act. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Facebook Erases History at a Cost," 27 Feb. 2019 They can be bewildered by career progressions that are nonlinear or based on social networks. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 There is a hearing tomorrow in the Senate about security and the lack of security on social networks. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Nobody trusts Facebook anymore. Here’s one way it could change that.," 15 Oct. 2018 In fact, research shows that having a strong social network outside of your romantic partnership is good for your relationship. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "The Right Amount of Time to Spend With a Partner," 15 Oct. 2018 TikTok recently attained the traditional social network rite of passage of having Facebook brazenly rip it off. Sam Byford, The Verge, "How China’s Bytedance became the world’s most valuable startup," 30 Nov. 2018 Zuckerberg's ascent has been driven by investors' continued embrace of Facebook, the social network giant that shook off the fallout from a data privacy crisis that hammered its shares, sending them to an eight-month low of $152.22 on March 27. Tom Metcalf And Jack Witzig, chicagotribune.com, "Zuckerberg tops Buffett as world's 3rd-richest," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of social network

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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