Thinking allowed — 07 July 2009

Six degrees of Separation (also referred to as the ‘Human Web’) refers to the idea that, if a person is one step away from each person they know and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people they know, then everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth. It was popularised by a play written by John Guare in 1990 and the ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ game that became popular in the late 1990s.

If you shake CabbieBlog by the hand for instance you are but two steps from our Queen.

Let’s try a blatantly self-serving experiment. If the principle of ‘six degrees of separation’ is correct, then it should be possible to spread news of CabbieBlog to the entire world simply by word of mouse. If each person who saw this site told even just one other person about it, the chain should eventually reach the entire world. Of course I don’t need or want the whole world to know about this site, just all the English speaking peoples. But if everyone who might enjoy this site found out about it, I could hardly ask for more.

Shall we give it a try? Let your cyber friends know about this site. An easy way is to click this link Email a friend to invite your friends to read this article (with a note of your own, if you wish). Or, feel free to pass along the information some other way. If you want to refer to today’s article in particular, use this URL:

http://cabbieblog.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/six-degrees-of-separation/

If your friend finds the site interesting, he or she can tell another friend. Can we build a web of interesting people? It would be fun to find out.

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