Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Six Degrees of Separation & Facebook

A while back, I discussed the importance of networking and how we are all closely connected to the resources we need to start a business - it is just a matter of finding out who knows who and utilizing those connections.

Six Degrees of Separation

I recently received an invitation from a friend to participate in the Six Degrees of Separation experiment being conducted by Steve Jackson on Facebook. The theory suggests that everyone is separated by only six other people. In order to see how many people were within reaching distance of his network, Steve Jackson originally invited his friends to this Facebook group, and then asked his friends to invite their friends, and so on. When I joined, the group had expanded to a whopping 4,693,230 members!  As concluded by Steve:

Have I managed to contact every single person on Facebook? I like to think so, but unfortunately I have no way of knowing that for sure. The fact is that more than four million of you took the time to join, and that is nothing short of a miracle. As progress marches on, the world gets smaller. That’s inevitable. Whether we’re separated by six degrees or ten degrees or one degree isn’t important. What is important is the idea that we are connected.

Yes, I agree, that the idea that we are all connected is most important. And, given online social networking tools such as Facebook - just think about the possibilities of being better able to discover and exploit those networks!

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