social networking


Definition of social networking 

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

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Unlike the core Facebook social networking service or other messaging apps, Facebook said that Messenger Kids does not display any online ads or allow kids to buy things within the app. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Facebook Messenger Kids App Is Expanding," 22 June 2018 The fast-growing Menlo Park social networking company has been on an expansion spree, leasing space in a number of Bay Area cities, including San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Fremont, in an effort to cut its workers’ commutes. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Facebook leases huge new space in Fremont," 14 June 2018 But now programmers in the predominantly Muslim region have hit back at the American ban, which also extended to Facebook, the owner of Instagram, with their own version of the social networking service. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "Defying U.S. sanctions, Chechnya has created its own version of Instagram. Its strongman leader is a fan.," 29 May 2018 Those are just two examples of big social networking sites. New York Times, "Getting a Flood of G.D.P.R.-Related Privacy Policy Updates? Read Them," 23 May 2018 What’s the breakout, say by games, social networking, etc.? Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Apple shows how iOS 12 will change your next iPhone," 4 June 2018 Managers of the social networking site VKontakte, Russia’s answer to Facebook, issued warnings after several communities were created to publicly shame women for cavorting with foreign soccer fans. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "At World Cup, Russians embrace the world, one relationship at a time," 9 July 2018 Those posts appear to violate the department's policy on social networking sites. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More discipline possible for Milwaukee police involved in Bucks' Sterling Brown arrest," 21 June 2018 In a 2015 study, about 1 in 10 girls in the U.K. reported using social networking sites for more than three hours on a normal school day — and those that did were more likely to have a higher difficulties score, a measure of mental health. Fortune, "How Smartphones and Social Media Can Steal Childhood," 8 May 2018

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1998, in the meaning defined above

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: 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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