Archive for June, 2009

A #FollowFriday Twist: Six Degrees of Separation

Twitter is a social medium. Like all social media, it empowers its users to influence those who follow one another.

The purist form of this influence is #FollowFriday, the weekly Twitter ritual where you share a link to someone “upstream” that you follow, so those “downstream” from you can get in on the action.

This week, I’m doing something different: Six Degrees of Separation

I’m exploring the line of influence, both up and down from my place in the line.

#6DegreesUp
This is an exploration of who on Twitter are influencing the people who are influencing me.

To find my #6DegreesUp person, I click on someone I’m following, then click on someone THEY are following, then someone THEY are following, etc. until I get to the sixth person from me. I will then follow that person, cutting the five “middlemen” out of the influence chain.

#6DegreesDown
This is an exploration of who on Twitter may be influenced by the people I may be influencing.

To find my #6DegreesDown person, I click on someone following me, then on someone following them, then someone following THEM, etc. until I get to the sixth person down. I will then follow that person and wait to see if they follow me back (cutting out the middlemen in that direction).

Staring from Me (@NeuroticNomad):
@adrianhewlett #6DegreesUp #FollowFriday
@Marielhemingway #6DegreesDown #FollowFriday.

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