Six Degrees? Not Even Close…

Written by Scott

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Six Degrees of Separation, for those that don’t know, is the idea that everyone is at most six degrees away from any other person on Earth. Social networking puts this to the test: you connect to people you know, and those people are connected to who they know, and so on.

Yesterday the idea failed miserably. Let me explain:
1. I am connected to a blogger in L.A. on Facebook.
2. I commented on a post she’d made.
3. Later in the day, someone else she knows commented on that same post, chastising me for stalking her through her good friend (jokingly, of course…read on).
4. That person is someone I worked with 10 years ago nearby in Lakewood, WA, and hadn’t seen since, and hadn’t heard from in like 5 years. and now she’s in Nashville.
5. Turns out, she’s known that blogger in L.A. for a very long time…like 20 years.

It’s a small, small world…and seems this whole six degrees thing gives far too much leeway.

  • That is pretty cool!

  • LOL – it is a small world 🙂

  • Helene K.

    Great post! My favorite story is when my high school chorus teacher from Southern California ran into one of his prior students — in the middle of nowhere Montana! 🙂

  • There are some people that I HOPE I'm not connected to at all, whether that's six degrees or 100! 🙂