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Small Worlds… A little bit larger - Giuseppe Bonaccorso
Yesterday I tried to answer a question on LinkedIn about the value we can assign to high-level connections (3rd or greater): a quite good question from several points of views. I think that the main problem of “Small Worlds” theory is brought about the huge amount of information needed in order to get a fast propagation through a certain social network. A world can be really small, but such a property may be easily tested by its members only if there’s a global and widespread knowledge about both the structure and the nature of the majority of nodes which a network is made up of. Thus the value of a 3rd level connection has to be considered not only from an intrinsic point of view (a person we can contact directly just like other “nearer” friends) but also as an additional set of information that we can exploit in order …