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 Morton, who works in the short-term rental business, is no stranger to the online social networking world. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021 And to the Facebook whistleblower who’s blown the whistle on the fact that … the social networking giant exists to make money, among other things. Andy Meek, BGR, 6 Oct. 2021 According to the agency, the market for personal social networking services has three key attributes. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 19 Aug. 2021 How big of a component of your business does your telehealth offering represent compared with your social networking services? Erin Brodwin, STAT, 7 July 2021 Police officials implemented strategies under previous department administrations to address the incidents, which often are coordinated via text messages or social networking websites, in downtown and nearby neighborhoods. Morgan Greene,, 6 July 2021 In 2010, social networking app Instagram was launched by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger., 6 Oct. 2021 However, scientific evidence is unambiguous that replacing real-world relationships with social networking disrupts physical and mental well-being. Sanat Rao, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 In the complaint, the agency argues that Facebook holds monopoly power in personal social networking, with no other competitor coming close. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Social networking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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Kids Definition of social networking

: the activity of creating and maintaining personal and business relationships especially online


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