"My mind sees that I am nothing, my heart sees that I am everything, between these two poles my life unfolds."

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

All Roads Lead Home


With the internet and social networking completely infiltrating our lives, it's truly become a small world after all. Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away from any other person on Earth; a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer.

Kevin Bacon once claimed that he had worked with everyone in Hollywood, 
and the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game was born; much to his chagrin.

This post came as a result of a little game I play all the time when surfing the net. Quite often, when I end up on a new blog either through following a link sent to me or one I follow while on a website, I try to get myself home - ie: back to Jane's Jewels (staying only within the trail of the 'followers'). Way more often than not,  I do - and in a surprisingly few number of moves! The blogging community is very inter-connected and I end up on your blogs (& then back to mine) through the most (seemingly) unlikeliest of routes. 


Have you ever played this game? Have you also been surprised by how small the internet actually is?

24 comments:

  1. Aw. Six degrees of Kevin Bacon!

    I find this works for me better in real life than in the blogosphere, but I have a pretty under the radar blog.

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  2. A friend of a friend... I like that expression.
    It is true, I often see this. Jane, it means we have the same perfect taste in friends!

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  3. I have a terrible sense of direction in real life, but a terrific one in cyberspace, it seems...LOL...so I always manage to end up back at my place (or wherever it is I'm intending to go). I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that most of the blogs I visit eventually lead (from link to link) to someone I know, which eventually links to my own blog. It's a pretty small world out there, after all.

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  4. yes very cool..always loved the sd of kb!! and so neat you have played it out in blogland! yes we are super interconnected..pretty amazing!
    great post Jane!!
    smiles and hugs

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  5. When I find a new blog to read, I open the comments and more often than not, there's a comment already there from some other blogger I know -- it's like meeting an old friend in a new and unfamiliar place!

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  6. So...Too weird - I guess I am also connected by the six Degree rule to Kevin as I eat Bacon for breakfast...go figure

    JJ Hubby

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    1. Lol!! My you're witty today, JJ Hubby :)

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  7. Wow! That is really fascinating. I was just thinking that the blogosphere was so vast now I find out it is just a cosy little community. I think I's like to try that Jane. Also going to try your soup recipe today. I'll let you know how it turns out!

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  8. It's a small world for sure. My husband and I just back from a three state world wind buying trip. My favorite antique dealer we bought from... just happen to originally be 1 hour from my house (here in TN) before she moved out of state. Small world!

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  9. I have often thought about this Jane, but never tried it out! I, like Debra, often check the comments to see if I know anybody there. Yes, even the internet is becoming smaller!!!

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  10. I'm definitely going to try that game.
    I'm also always surprised to see on Facebook when two of my friends from different worlds, are friends with each other. It kind of freaks me out.

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  11. Dzięki internetowi świat się zrobił mały, to prawda. Więcej nie napiszę, bo Tłumacz nie jest dobry :-( . Pozdrawiam. *** Thanks to the internet world has done little, it's true. Do not you write, because it is not a good translator. Yours.

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  12. What a cool idea! I'm totally going to try that!!

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  13. I happen to love Kevin Bacon...did not know he has this fun game out. Will google it to check it out!
    BTW Jane-I'm sorry that I didn't get a chance to ship out the giveaway gift to you by Monday, as I promised. I'm still trying to get rid of my terrible cough leftover from my cold; this was not a good weekend for me, and Monday started off even worse.(good thing I had a back-up post that I wasn't even going to post this time) I will have it shipped out to you by tomorrow, for sure!

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    1. Hi Elisabeth, No problem at all, and certainly no need to apologize. Please don't push yourself to go out and mail it if you are still not fully recovered - I am a big girl (most of the time, lol!) - leave it till next week if necessary - I'm just thankful to have won and am in no big rush :)

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    2. Hi Jane, thank you for understanding...most of the time when I set a date, I keep my word, but this cough of mine is killing me; one month now, and I'm so stubborn, I will not take any medicine for it unless I have a sinus infection or something.
      Now, we are in and have been in full bloom of SPING in S. Florida and I am also allergic to certain plants and flowers. The cold is gone now, but the cough this past weekend really got the best of me + I'm up in the middle of the night feeding my poor aging cat, Prince...going on 20 yrs old and poor thing doesn't know what time of the day or night it is
      (hanging on to dear life,almost totally blind with cataract)
      BTW-I'm so glad I came back because yesterday I missed your previous post, so I left a comment there, as well!

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  14. I find this happens on Facebook more than blogging, maybe because I don't read or comment on a heap of blogs? The dog cartoon reminds me of my aunty, she loves piecing together people's family trees to see if she can connect them somehow to our tree :)

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  15. Well my blogging sphere is very small. I only visit a couple of blogs regularly. I have a feeling it would take days to get back to mine.

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    1. Sounds like you need to do more networking... lol! Where are your priorities? Start getting up an hour earlier and skipping your lunch hour: look at all the extra time you now have to visit and follow more blogs, haha.

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  16. I have followed a few blogs and by following the links I have ended back at my blog - interesting doing that when I have time.
    The internet has made the world seem smaller and people not so far away -

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  17. I have not done this! What fun!!!! New alleyways to explore...fishbones to find.....humans to visit!!!! Wahooooo! I'm off on yet another adventure! Many thanks!!!

    Purrs!

    Romeo and "her"

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