Image Source: Opte Project

BY CHRIS LONG

ANCHOR JIM FLINK


How many clicks does it take to get to the center of the Internet? Or anywhere for that matter?

The answer is nineteen. According to a study by Albert-László Barabási that’s all it would take to go from Google’s homepage to, say, Aunt Agnes’s Facebook.

The Smithsonian reports there are about 14 billion individual pages on the Internet but the reason for the connectivity is human nature. We tend to group into communities including region, country and subject area online as well as in person.

But here’s the thing. Some pages are better connected than others. Remove a small number of search engines and Barabási said vast sections of the Internet would be cut off.


But maybe this isn’t all that revolutionary of a concept. At least the owner of the domain name 19 clicks dot com doesn’t think so told Mashable. She wrote...

“When I registered the domain name many moons ago, 19 clicks was the average distance between any two pages on the internet.”

The Telegraph reports on social media sites the number could be as small as four. Take that, Kevin Bacon.

So how many clicks did it take for you to get here? Leave a comment and let us know.


 

You're 19 Clicks Away From Anywhere on the Internet

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Feb 19, 2013

You're 19 Clicks Away From Anywhere on the Internet

Image Source: Opte Project

BY CHRIS LONG

ANCHOR JIM FLINK


How many clicks does it take to get to the center of the Internet? Or anywhere for that matter?

The answer is nineteen. According to a study by Albert-László Barabási that’s all it would take to go from Google’s homepage to, say, Aunt Agnes’s Facebook.

The Smithsonian reports there are about 14 billion individual pages on the Internet but the reason for the connectivity is human nature. We tend to group into communities including region, country and subject area online as well as in person.

But here’s the thing. Some pages are better connected than others. Remove a small number of search engines and Barabási said vast sections of the Internet would be cut off.


But maybe this isn’t all that revolutionary of a concept. At least the owner of the domain name 19 clicks dot com doesn’t think so told Mashable. She wrote...

“When I registered the domain name many moons ago, 19 clicks was the average distance between any two pages on the internet.”

The Telegraph reports on social media sites the number could be as small as four. Take that, Kevin Bacon.

So how many clicks did it take for you to get here? Leave a comment and let us know.


 

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