Study Suggests That No Two Web Pages Are More Than 19 Clicks Apart
We’ve all heard of the concept of “six degrees of separation” — the idea that we’re all just six people away from being connected to everyone else in the world.
And then of course there’s “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” — the game where you try to get from any actor to Kevin Bacon in just six steps.
Well, now a new theory: call it “19 clicks of web integration” (or call it something better).
Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási has theorized that you can navigate from any of the more than 14 billion pages on the web to any other page in just 19 clicks or less.
You can find out more about how he determined this over at Smithsonian.com. I think he was really bored and just started clicking or something. We’ve all been there.
Regardless, it’s tough to imagine that so much information can be so closely linked together. Especially considering that I can click through 100 pages on Google and still not find the search result I want.
But the moral: just keep on clicking. Whether you know it or not, you’re always just 19 clicks or less from that tentacle erotica you’re looking for.
via Laughing Squid