Degrees of separation: A social media experiment

by Dave on October 24, 2008

While using Twitter this afternoon, I had an idea.

There are lots of people using Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, etc. The so-called “social” apps on the web. I’ve got 862 Twitter followers as of this writing.

When Britney Spears created a Twitter account (or, more likely, her marketing team), I thought, “I wonder what other celebrities are using Twitter? Could I be connected to any of them, Kevin Bacon-style?”

Surely, among the 800+ people who follow me, the thousands of people who follow them and so on, is a set of links between me and a celebrity. I decided to find out.

For the purposes of my experiment, I chose Alyssa Milano. She’s high-profile enough that many people know her, and I’ve got no pre-existing connection to her. So, here’s the question:

How many degrees of separation exist between me and Alyssa Milano, using only social media connections as the links?

Ged suggested that there might be a connection in the Cape Cod Baseball League somehow. He’s almost right. I did see Jason Varitek play with the Hyannis Mets, and he went on to play on the Red Sox with Manny Ramirez, and Alyssa blogged about meeting Manny, but that doesn’t really count.

This is where you can help. If you can provide a link(s) between me and Alyssia, let me know via Twitter.

This will be fun!

Update: Not five minutes later, I’ve got two connections

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Any excuse to do a blog post with a picture of Alyssa is good enough for me. ;-)

by Ged on October 24, 2008 at 3:15 pm. #

Agreed. She ain’t exactly difficult to look at.

by Dave on October 24, 2008 at 8:50 pm. #

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