Last week, Facebook came out with the news that the old six degrees of separation theory is obsolete for participants in the world’s largest social network. In what Facebook touted as two of the “largest social network studies ever released,” research teams at Cornell University and the University of Milan found that 92 percent of Facebook users are linked by four intermediate friends, and calculated the average “degrees of separation” to be 4.74. On one level, it can’t be a bad thing that ...

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