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Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that, if a person is one step away from each person they know and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people they know, then everyone is an average of six "steps" away from each person on Earth.

A Facebook platform application named "Six Degrees" has been developed by Karl Bunyan (London network), which calculates the degrees of separation between different people. It has about 4.5 million users (as of April 7, 2008), as seen from the group's page. The average separation for all users of the application is 5.73 degrees, whereas the maximum degree of separation is 12. The application has a "Search for Connections" window to input any name of a Facebook user, to which it then shows the chain of connections.

Along the same line of this application is the group "Six Degrees of Separation - The Experiment" founded by Cody Jackson. His group has reached over 5.4 million members as of August 10, 2008. This massive member base was acquired by instructing all people who joined to invite everyone on their friend list, and for their friends to do the same. He has written a report about this theory citing this group as an example. The report can be found at This group, however, has no way to check if everyone is within six degrees of each other - it is merely a group for fans of the phenomenon.

Movie Plot:

Flan and Ouisa Kittredge, rich NYC art dealers, are called on one night by a young man, Paul, who professes to be a friend of their kids' from Harvard. They offer him a bed for the night; he enchants them with a home-cooked meal and magnificent conversation. The next morning, they learn that he is not all he seems to be. Their investigations are intriguing and lead them to re-evaluate their lives.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination

IMDB user rating: 6.9

Adapted from John Guare's play




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