Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The average degrees of separation between any two Facebook users is 4.74

A new study by Facebook has found out that the average degrees of separation between any two Facebook users around the world is 4.74. What this means is that if you pick any random Facebook user around the world, chances are that you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows that particular user. So there you have it, the degrees of separation between you and your favorite actor/singer/author/artist is on average less than 5 people.

The study was conducted with the aid of the Laboratory for Web Algorithmics of the Universita degli Studi di Milano, who developed algorithms for Facebook to be able to detect the number of degrees between each pair on Facebook. 4.74 degrees is the average only when it comes to connect two people around the world, and the number actually goes down to 3 when it comes to people within the same country

Facebook actually goes more indepth with the analysis of this information, so for more information, check our their article on this.

Quite fascinaing, isn’t it?

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