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The "Six Degrees of Separation" Theory (Small World Effect)
> Can I really get in touch with a person I'm looking for using FindBook?
> Yes, the Theory of the "Six Degrees of Separation" shows that this is extremely probable.
Infact, even if the person you are looking for doesn't read your message on FindBook, somebody who knows him/her could read
it, and tell him/her about it.
This eventuality is much more realistic than you can think.
Infact the Theory of the "Six Degrees of Separation" developed in 1929 by Frigyes Karinthy shows that every person in the
world is reachable only by "6 handshakes".
This means that through just five or six intermediaries, you could be linked to millions of others. It is the notion behind
what has been dubbed the "Small World Effect".
In other words the number of relational links (one person knowing another,
which knows a third person, etc.) needed to reach
any person in the world is a maximum of 6.
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Please note we're talking about a maximum of 6 links, typically these are less than 6.
This theory has been portrayed even in the 1993 movie "Six Degrees of Separation",
starring Will Smith and Donald Sutherland.
Let's apply this theory to FindBook now, using an example:
A) You leave a message for John Doe;
B) Let's assume that John Doe doesn't know FindBook and that he doesn't read the message that
you have sent to him;
C) At this point we need somebody who knows John Doe and checks for his name and finds out that
there's a message for John Doe;
D) Typically John Doe will have many friends who could do this;
E) These friends could access FindBook on their own initiative, or because someone has left a
message for them, and somebody tells them that there is a message on FindBook for them;
F) This "somebody who tells them" is already the second relational-link (or "degree of separation");
G) This situation will have to be replicated for at most 6 relational-links before John Doe knows that there is your message
waiting for him;
This means that if you leave a message for somebody on FindBook, there is a high probability that this message is read by the
intended recipient, within a shorter or longer period.
You can help to raise this probability too! Here's How:
1) Leave messages on FindBook for all the people you would like to come in contact again with
(for the reason explained in point [E] );
2) Spread the word about FindBook by sending an email to all of your friends, explaining shortly
what is FindBook and how it works.
Send NOW a message to any person in the world you are looking for
A graph simplifying the Theory of the "Six Degrees of Separation"
(also known as a "Small World Effect").
The graph shows how the maximum number of intermediaries between two persons picked up
casually from the world population is 5 |
(5 Intermediaries = 6 Relational Links)
IN WHICH CASES CAN FINDBOOK BE USEFUL?|
FindBook allows you to contact any person in the world, even if you don't have any
contact-info from this person, but you only know the First and Last name;
In particular, it's useful for:
- Finding people who are not on Facebook;
- Finding again an ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend or the First-Love after years;
- Get in touch again with ex-schoolfriends, ex-roommates, ex-college-friends,
- Contact people that you met only once or occasionally (for example at a conference, at a party, during a vacation, etc.);
- Write to famous people who don't provide public contact-infos;
- Sons and daughters looking for parents who abandoned them when they where born
(or whom, for any reason, they separated from);
- Immigrants who would like to get in touch again (sometimes after decades) with
friends and parents in their homeland (and vice versa);
- Families forced to separation because of wars, whose contacts between components
have been lost, and who are trying to find each other again;
- Families who, after earthquakes or natural disasters, have been separated during
the emergency management phase. EXAMPLES: find again parents brought urgently in hospitals (possibly abroad)
and that, for this reason, are believed missing; find again children that, found alone, have been brought in
safe areas, and for the same reason are believed missing.
In all these cases, FindBook represents a unique point of contact between the single persons.