"Social linking most often means using social media channels to promote content that inspires social shares with links.
A Tweet, Facebook status update or Pinterest pin that includes a link to the content being promoted are all examples of social links.
Social shares with links = Social Links.
Here are six questions and answers on the fundamentals of using a social media focused approach for link attraction and acquisition: do you define “social linking”?"
Full article: http://www.toprankblog.com/2012/07/social-media-links/
Via Antonino Militello, Robin Good