April 10, 2004

Six Degrees Of Separation

by Jeremy Blachman

I started to do some thinking about whatever it is I'm going to end up writing for our Internet, Law, and Culture symposium that we'll start posting on Monday, and realized that it would be interesting to know how interconnected the World Wide Web really is -- like, with just clicking on links and not typing anything into a search engine or anything like that, how many clicks separate sites. So how closely connected, say, Instapundit is to ESPN. My guess is 2 clicks. Even if Instapundit doesn't link to ESPN, surely someone he links to does. And then I started to realize, at least within the weblog community, if you're getting more than 50 or 100 hits a day, you're probably within 2 or 3 clicks of something like Instapundit or Bashman, or some other pretty major site with a ton of links in the sidebar or in text. This may just be obvious to everyone, and I'm not sure what my point is really. Just thought it was interesting.

April 10, 2004 05:31 PM | TrackBack
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Remember what your mother said: If you keep clicking like that you'll go blind.

Posted by: Brian at April 10, 2004 06:05 PM

Long ago, there was a Java-based system that attempted to track this. It was quite cool when it was running, but alas I've not been able to find a working copy still extant:
http://metastatic.org/source/wlm/wlm.php

Slightly more interesting--although no links, is this:
http://www.brainoff.com/geoblog/

The first project, however, could be done so much more easily now that the Google API is open. I'm tempted to break out Flash and see if I could get it to work...

Posted by: A. Rickey at April 11, 2004 03:03 AM

Well, I get over the 100 hits as you said, but i am not in anyone's side links. well, just one or two but i know that they don't come from there(as i know i get more hits than they do)

visit http://2lawschool.blog-city.com (i guess i get them like this :)lol )

Posted by: Iysam @1 at April 11, 2004 05:33 AM
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