Foreword The VLDB Journal (2010) 19:759–760 DOI 10.1007/s00778-010-0201-y Klemens Böhm · Laks V. S. Lakshmanan Published online: 25 November 2010 © Springer-Verlag 2010 Inter-personal relationships are a prerequisite for any kind fields, we have ended up accepting six for publication. Every of social growth and for progress in the sciences and tech- paper was reviewed by three reviewers. Papers were initially nology. Recent developments allow us to make such rela- shortlisted from a first round of reviews. The final selection tionships and the networks they lead to explicit. Platforms was made after a second round of reviews. We believe this supporting such social networks now are ubiquitous; most of special issue well represents the current state of the art in us are a part of at least one such network. Social networking this area. platforms have given rise to a broad range of applications and One article, “Social Bookmark Weighting for Search and to systems leveraging such networks, e.g., to establish new Recommendation”, is authored by David Carmel, Haggai contacts, for marketing purposes, and for new digital games, Roitmann, and Elad Yom-Tov. An important problem regard- just to name a few. ing social bookmarking is to make use of them The VLDB Journal Springer Journals

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