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IN this issue of EMR we look at the emergence of social networks that stem from modern communication tools. Driven by a need to share and collaborate, social networking is rapidly becoming a dominant way that we work with our colleagues, interact with our family, and conduct business transactions. The form that social networking tools and software have taken is not really what we expected when digital networks were designed and constructed. The speed that these tools have been adopted eclipses anything we've ever designed. Hardware design is increasingly driven by thinking about how a device will fit into existing social network systems.