Sunday, August 03, 2008

"Survey of instant-messagers finds any two people just 6.6 degrees apart":
With records of 30 billion electronic conversations among 180 million people from around the world, researchers have concluded that any two people on average are distanced by just 6.6 degrees of separation, meaning that they could be linked by a string of seven or fewer acquaintances.

The database covered all of the Microsoft Messenger instant-messaging network in June 2006, or roughly half the world's instant-messaging traffic at that time, researchers said.
Here's the abstract and the full paper (PDF format).

(Via Fark.)