Have you ever heard of the idea called 6 degrees of separation?
It is the idea that one person is 1 step away from everyone they know and two steps away from each person that is known by one of the people they know, then everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth. It was popularised by a play written by John Guare.
I have heard this idea presented in books like Tipping Point and watched the movie called six degrees of seperation, but I never really believed this idea to be true. That was until I started to use twitter.
In Part 4 of Tweet or Die we examine how connected people become through twitter and the law of six degrees, twitter style.
Have you ever gotten off the phone with somebody and realized that you wasted 30 minutes of your conversation trying to catch up on life? It is nice to find out what is happening and what they are doing, but often times I am rather annoyed. With twitter, this “waste” of time is no more. How? Why? you might ask. Well let me tell you.
The beauty of twitter is that it lets you keep up with what is going on with friends.
I knew that Jordan Lalama was in Arkansas this week teaching students at band camp. But that is not the normal place for lama to be, he is on his internship in Indiana at Northside. How did I know all of this stuff? Twitter. Me and Lama know each other from College, but we don’t have each others cell phone numbers. We probably have never spoken on the phone, it was always a face to face conversation, but once I moved away from Lincoln we lost touch. But now that he has twitter, I can keep up with my buddy.
The same can be said about all of my friends on twitter, it is a beautiful tool to help stay connected. A lot of people say that it is narcissism wrapped up in a little tweedy bird. I say NA, you can choose to view it that way, but if you can see it for what it really is, a way to stay connected, the narcissism quickly disappears.
Another great feature that holds true inside of the 6 degrees of separation in twitter is that I can connect with people that I have heard of but have never had the chance to meet. Some would call these people celebrities, I don’t view them that way. If I was talking about following Shaq or Ashton Kutcher maybe you could call them celebrities, but I am not talking about them. I am talking about the guys in Christian sub-culture. That can be a dirty word, but really these are the guys that Christians know who they are. Authors, musicians, graphic designers, guys that I admire their work from afar and get to take a 140 character sneak peek into their life. Through twitter I have been able to make friends with some guys that I would have never gotten to connect with if not for the ability to follow them on twitter.
This is the beauty of twitter. Connecting people that need to connect, helping friends stay connected, and connecting the world one tweet at a time (can I use the word connect one more time).
Stay tuned for the last part of Tweet or Die on Friday…How twitter changed my life