Aaron Dantowitz and I've done this experiment once, and we deliberately
constrained it as an e-forward to one other person. Which copies Milgram
but doesn't use the power of the Net. It didn't show much -- almost
all nets petered out before they got to my Sacramento cousin Lloyd. As I recall,
Bill Richards was the first to achieve completion. We did discover a
westward forwarding pattern from Toronto towards Califronia, but this may
be because we didn't supply much other information about cousin Lloyd.
To use the power of the Net, you'd allow one person to forward to multiple
others, but this struck us as having mushrooming qualities which could
soon choke the net, just like the old send the kid in Georgia your
business card stuff, or the new Stuflbn.exe virus hoax.
Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
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Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto
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On Thu, 20 Dec 2001, Valdis wrote:
> Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 17:07:45 -0500
> From: Valdis <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: 6 degrees of email connectivity?
> How would Milgram's experiment be different in the age of email?
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> Happy Holidays Everyone!