Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

I’m writing an article about social networking and the crop of sites that are gaining some attention lately (Spoke, LinkedIn, Ryze, Tribe, and ZeroDegrees). As a teaser, I wanted to write about the original Oracle of Bacon developed by a couple of grad students at UVa.

Here’s the shocking thing: Kevin Bacon isn’t even among the top 1000 most connected actors. Even Mark Hammill (#1000) is more connected than Kevin Bacon. Bacon is actually #1222 (out of more than 700,000 actors in the database).

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