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Before you get too upset, the 4th degree contacts are NOT worth much
anyway... they are not really taking anything away. For further
evidence of this read Noah Friedkin's "Horizon of Observability"
Friedkin, Noah E. "Horizons of Observability and Limits of Informal
Control in Organizations"
Social Forces, September 1983, 62(1), pp. 54-77
and also several of Ron Burt's recent papers on the importance of 1 and
2 step contacts...
And finally, Mark Granovetter on Page 57 of "Getting a Job", 2nd
Edition, said, "...no chains as long as four were found in my study".
Yes, the original 'weak ties' study.
Losing your Linkedin 4th step is like the cable company removing
channels you never watch!
On Aug 11, 2005, at 1:24 PM, David Carpe wrote:
> linkedin played the networking optics game with members and knew ages
> ago that they were going to make that fourth degree vanish - totally
> gamed the users into connecting to increase the overall value of the
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