social networking


Definition of social networking

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Obligations at work may be requiring you to do more social networking, chatting, charming prospective clients, or managing public relations. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for September 6, 2020," 6 Sep. 2020 For sure, James has his media and social networking platforms to share his message. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NBA bubble's fragile environment won't protect players from horrors outside," 28 Aug. 2020 Michigan State senior Tyler Weisner agreed with Holland's assessment, adding that the major selling point of high tuition costs associated with college is the in-person experiences and social networking that take place outside of the classroom. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'It’s ridiculous': Students balk at in-person tuition for online college," 22 Aug. 2020 Requests came streaming in as word spread through a neighborhood email group and Nextdoor, a social networking platform. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "As Fauci battles the pandemic and politics, his grateful neighbors celebrate him as a hero," 7 Aug. 2020 Friendships and social networking could make your days brighter in October. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 23, 2020: Leo, unearth valuable skills; Sagittarius, it’s who you know," 23 Aug. 2020 Activities with friends and social networking may brighten your September. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 5, 2020: Gemini, entertain yourself on the cheap; Virgo, be nice at work," 5 Aug. 2020 WeChat, a social networking platform that supports mini-apps for payments, ecommerce and more, is ubiquitous in China but has just a few million users in the US, mostly Chinese expats or Westerners with contacts in Asia. Will Knight, Wired, "It’s Not Just TikTok. Chinese Firms Face More US Roadblocks," 4 Aug. 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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13 Sep 2020

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“Social networking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 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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