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Re: Techies will continue to sneer.

The two words appear to mean exactly the same, and "social" is perfectly adequate. There is no need for another (inevitably longer and more important-sounding) word.

It's rather like "orientated" (as in "object-orientated") which is just a longer, more pompous version of "oriented". Strictly speaking there is a small difference, in that "oriented" means "pointed towards", whereas "orientated" means "made to point towards". On that basis, too, "oriented" is the better choice.

The general principle is this:

"Broadly speaking, short words are best, and the old words, when short, are best of all".

- Sir Winston Churchill (speech on receiving the London Times Literary Award, November 2, 1949)

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