RE: Six-degrees of separation in Nature last year

Larry Masinter (
Wed, 5 May 1999 11:06:00 PDT

NY Times, Sunday April 11, 1999:

Ideas & Trends: Shall I Compare Thee to a Swarm of Insects?; Searching for the
Essence of the World Wide Web

Lada Adamic, a Stanford University graduate student working on Xerox PARC's
Internet ecology project, recently found that cyberspace, like the world
described in the John Guare play ''Six Degrees of Separation,'' is a small place
indeed. Just as any two people on Earth are said to be connected by a human
chain of acquaintance with no more than a few links, so can you pick two Web
sites at random and get from one to the other with about four clicks.

I don't think the "six degrees" stuff is published yet, but for related bits,