social networking


Definition of social networking

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

Examples of social networking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lawmakers said the companies had abused their dominant positions, setting and often dictating prices and rules for commerce, search, advertising, social networking and publishing. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "House Lawmakers Condemn Big Tech’s ‘Monopoly Power’ and Urge Their Breakups," 6 Oct. 2020 Luna game ports also won't have to add specific code to support Luna-specific social networking, matchmaking, or achievement systems, because those don't exist. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Amazon Luna servers will run Windows games directly on Nvidia T4 GPUs," 25 Sep. 2020 Ren had 37 million followers on Weibo, a top Chinese social networking site. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Ren Zhiqiang, critic of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, sentenced to 18 years on corruption charges," 22 Sep. 2020 The social networking site is also offering optional accessories to make the headset more comfortable to wear. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Facebook launches Oculus Quest 2: A lighter, cheaper, better-performing VR headset," 18 Sep. 2020 In recent months, the Chinese video-sharing social networking service TikTok has gone from harmless distraction to bona fide political issue. Emma Specter, Vogue, "What’s Going On With Trump’s TikTok Ban?," 18 Sep. 2020 On Thursday, the social networking giant outlined its new policy, one week after the president encouraged some U.S. residents to vote twice in November. Erin Corbett,, "Twitter Plans To Fact-Check Trump For The Rest Of The Election, So You Don’t Have To," 10 Sep. 2020 His Facebook page and the event page disappeared from the social networking platform on Tuesday, along with comments Rudduck had posted on other Facebook pages. oregonlive, "Seaside on edge over planned open carry march Sunday," 2 Sep. 2020 For one, Google and Facebook’s respective dominance in search and social networking meant that audiences were frequently getting news through Google and Facebook, not directly from news organizations. Daniel Hanley, Wired, "Ad Mergers Won't Save Journalism. Strict Merger Rules Would," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of social networking

1998, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social networking was in 1998

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19 Oct 2020

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“Social networking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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