6.6 Degrees of Separation?

We have all heard of the Six degrees of separation to explain how everyone in the world is connected to everyone else but is there any proof? Am I connected get to for example one of the famous Maasai warriors in only 6 jumps? Upon reflection perhaps it is possible. I know some South African's and have travelled to and worked in Africa.

Anyway, a bored research team at Microsoft decided to find out by analysing the Windows Live Messenger traffic for a single month. Sure this doesn't take into account all cultures and walks of life but its a good start and their results point at 6.6 degrees of separation.

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