social networking


Definition of social networking

: the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships especially online

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Gigabit access is 1,000 Mbps, much faster than most households need for streaming video, playing games, sending email, social networking or reading news online. Mike Rogoway,, "Hillsboro outlines fiber plans, promises internet speeds up to 4 gigs," 18 Aug. 2019 As recently as 2007, MySpace dominated the social networking landscape, receiving more than 70 percent of all visits to social networks. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Antitrust probe of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook must not slow tech innovation," 28 July 2019 Facebook’s June 18 announcement of Libra heralded an effort to expand beyond social networking and move into e-commerce and global payments. Washington Post, "737 Max woes to slash Boeing profit, revenue," 19 July 2019 Plus Facebook has a strong interest in gaming and the reputation for going out and spending big on companies that can help expand its social networking mote. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Who could buy Discord? Acquirers have been giving the gaming startup a long look.," 21 Nov. 2018 Ravelry, the social networking site/organizational tool for the fiber community, is a remarkable place and is filled with resources and users who can help with questions and concerns. Deborah Hornblow,, "Passionate Pursuits: Even working full-time, these people are seriously devoted to their after-hours projects," 22 July 2019 Tumblr, a blogging and social networking site, had removed the blog the previous September. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A West Allis teen ran a blog that shared child porn, complaint says," 1 July 2019 Searches for lesson plans on the social networking site are trending up 59% over 2018, according to Pinterest. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "How former teachers are making $100,000 or more, and you can too.," 1 July 2019 Chinese overseas reported on Twitter that they were blocked from posting on Weibo, a popular social networking site. Ken Moritsugu,, "China handles Tiananmen anniversary with customary silence, lockdown," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of social networking

1998, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of social networking

: the activity of creating personal and business relationships with other people especially by sharing information, personal messages, etc., on the Internet

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