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social networking

the development of social and professional contacts; the sharing of information and services among people with a common interest.
Computers. the use of websites or other online technologies to communicate with people and share information, resources, etc.:
I met my husband through social networking.
Related forms
social networker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for social networking
  • Any look at how kids have adapted to social networking and technology will tell you that gaming isn't an impediment to learning.
  • All the efforts to combine social networking with energy conservation seem to be pulling the plug.
  • The logic of online social networking points in a similar direction.
  • The rise of social networking upends the equation again.
  • Twine also uses elements of social networking so that a user has access to information collected by others in her network.
  • We think social networking will do a lot of good things for education.
  • To veterans of the technology industry, the fuss over social networking sounds all too familiar.
  • The evil popular thing this time around is social networking.
  • Yet one social networking metric is distinctly underwhelming: the one with a dollar sign.
  • For better or worse, they've been lumped together by the media and venture capitalists into a sector dubbed social networking.
Contemporary definitions for social networking

the use of a website to connect with people who share personal or professional interests, place of origin, education at a particular school, etc.


Classmates and MySpace are premier sites for social networking.

Usage Note

computing's 21st Century Lexicon
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social networking in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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