From Horizon Project
 Horizon Metatrend: Connecting People via the Network
Connecting people through the network is a metatrend that is highlighted here.
Ubiquitous wireless enabled a host of technologies like extended learning, social computing, and social networking— all of which have been fueled by the emergence of anytime, anywhere access provided by wireless networks.
In turn, the practice of extended learning contributed to the development of global learning communities. Extended learning approaches, so commonplace today, were the first steps at the time toward the application of social computing and social networking to teaching, learning, and creative expression.
Social networking has steadily continued to be a major influence, retaining ties to knowledge webs and social computing while remaining distinct from both. The next phase for connecting people through the network has been identified as the emergence of social operating systems—tools that not only recognize our social connections, but will expose information in entirely new ways that will make these networks richer and more fluid.
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