Six Degrees Of Separation (or LinkedIn is full of shit).

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    May 19, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    LinkedIn is kinda funny sometimes. I checked my account today and under the "People You Might Know" list, I saw someone from RJ. I'm thinking, WTF? I don't see how we're connected. Thought it was kinda eerie.

    And then down the list, I saw another person I might know. It was Steve Rudig (Luke Garrett). Now I know for sure LinkedIn is making this stuff up. icon_lol.gif

    So does anyone have funny/interesting/awkward SDOS stories? Have you ever met someone that you later found is in your extended circle of friends?
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    May 19, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLinkedIn is kinda funny sometimes. I checked my account today and under the "People You Might Know" list, I saw someone from RJ. I'm thinking, WTF? I don't see how we're connected. Thought it was kinda eerie.

    And then down the list, I saw another person I might know. It was Steve Rudig (Luke Garrett). Now I know for sure LinkedIn is making this stuff up. icon_lol.gif

    So does anyone have funny/interesting/awkward SDOS stories? Have you ever met someone that you later found is in your extended circle of friends?



    No, it's not making it up. The internet is now "personalized." Not such a bad thing when it comes to Facebook or Linkedin but we can no longer get actual news anymore. Google now returns results that are tailored to your likes and dislikes, and Linkedin is no different.
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    Nov 16, 2011 5:48 PM GMT
    I get occasional "linkedin" invitations from customers. I still haven't figured out what the purpose of that site is. Wasting company time for highly-disposable bureaucratic employees, as far as I can tell. The "invitation" emails I receive are mostly retail-level customers who are not remotely in the same field of work as I. Just an exercise in "collecting friends," it would appear.

    As a small (microscopic) business-owner, I get bombarded with loads of faux white-papers and other advertising that breathlessly scream that I MUST devote many FTEs (i.e. the entire business) to marketing on Facebook. They claim that any company that doesn't move entirely to a Facebook-centered web is going to go out of business within the next few weeks. Yeah, I set up an email rule that automatically deletes all that crap.

    Anyway, I never see any comparable promotion for LinkedIn. Why should I spend time on it? Just not getting it.
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    Nov 16, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    No it's not. It's mathematically possible.

    Imagine each of us had about 100 acquaintances (already on the low side).
    Each of those 100 have many further acquaintances, of which a further 100 are distinct and non-overlapping acquaintances (likely number, already on the low side).

    No. of people you know after 6 degrees
    = (100)^6
    = 1,000,000,000,000 >> 7 billion

    Not sure how accurate this is of real-life though.
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    Nov 17, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    Wow. I thought I deleted this thread.

    Anyways, I recently met with some old friends from high school. Haven't seen most of them in many years. It was funny.. we mentioned other people that we bumped into, and who they married, and who they hang out with. I'd say there were a handful of names mentioned that I already knew indirectly through other friends/acquaintances outside of my main circle of friends. Small world. Or maybe I need to move further away, where I don't know anyone. icon_lol.gif