Yahoo and face book are collaborating with your help to find out if its a small world after all?
“The small world experiment comprised several experiments conducted by Stanley Milgram and other researchers examining theaverage path length for social networks of people in the United States. The research was groundbreaking in that it suggested that human society is a small world type network characterized by short path lengths. The experiments are often associated with the phrase “six degrees of separation,” although Milgram did not use this term himself”:
From Yahoo: The Small World Experiment is designed to test the hypothesis that anyone in the world can get a message to anyone else in just “six degrees of separation” by passing it from friend to friend. Sociologists have tried to prove (or disprove) this claim for decades, but it is still unresolved.
Now, using Facebook we finally have the technology to put the hypothesis to a proper scientific test. By participating in this experiment, you’ll not only get to see how you’re connected to people you might never otherwise encounter, you will also be helping to advance the science of social networks.
Click here to view the experiment or take part (on our own head be it!)