Well, we still think he’s pretty special around here. A recent study by Microsoft, of their messenger services, found that all people are separated by only 6.6 human connections. So, whether it’s Kevin Bacon, Rush Limbaugh, Manny Ramirez, or the homeless guy whom you pass with disdain you’re only 6.6 people away from them!
So yay for that
The study was conducted in 2006 when Microsoft controlled almost half the world’s instant messaging traffic. They combed through 30 billion records from among 180 million people.
“To me, it was pretty shocking. What we’re seeing suggests there may be a social connectivity constant for humanity,” said Eric Horvitz, a Microsoft researcher who conducted the study with colleague Jure Leskovec. “People have had this suspicion that we are really close. But we are showing on a very large scale that this idea goes beyond folklore.”
Thankfully no one’s tax dollars were wasted here. Science at work and what not.? Now someone just needs to pull Kevin Bacon from ledge, seeing as how his legacy is tainted. It’s not just him, it’s everyone everywhere. [The Washington Post]