The world is so incredibly HUGE... until you start connecting the dots.
The internet is so incredibly, unfathomably HUGE... until you start connecting the dots...
Users online are not hard to trace. It's not as big as you comprehend it to be. It just seems that way...
The world is so incomprehensibly small in reality
6 degrees of separation
Is a proven mathematical theory that you can achieve a connection with any person on the planet through a link of no more than 6 people.
All Roads lead to Rome and All Rivers Lead to the Sea ;-)
My signature (the one sporting pink font) reading "we are one" is a idiom of these same sociological concepts.
Is when you process mass amounts of information from many different sides and sources over a period of time on a subject or idea and the end result
leaves the consumer with a skewed conclusion or opinion that does not represent the original meaning, intention or truth.
Information overload is a phenomenon comparable to "Chinese Whisperers" AKA The Telephone Game
The Telephone game is played when one person whispers a message to another person and that same message is then passed along through a chain of people
which finally the last person to receive the message announces what it was that was whispered to them. The result of the final message is often very
different from the original whispered message due to accidental or deliberate erroneous communication.
Information overload is initially propagated by only one source that spreads like wildfire. The information can be in the form of a statement, a
story, a claim, or a rumor. [It] can be spread through various forms of mediums and media such as verbal communication between people face-to-face,
the internet, radio, publishings, newspapers, and news broadcasting corporations.
Information overload can and does often lead to mass confusion that hampers our ability to see what is really happening in the world; what is fact and
what is fiction. It is spread in pandemic fashion through a carrier, similar to disease. The carriers in this case, like the rodents of the black
plague are, you guessed it -- "us"
It's like products on the supermarket shelves... 6 rows by 12 feet across dedicated soley to choices of salad dressings...
20 freezers dedicated solely to brands of pizza...
But now look at this scientifically based on ingredients. Categorize the dressings and pizzas by ingredients, OK, now further categorize them by
chemical compounds, and then down to elements. If you've done this you'll realize that most all the the dressings and pizzas share the same exact
ingredients and chemical compounds.
Elements, such as Cn(H2O) -which is sugar, then there citric acid, and then you have flour C6H10O5 which is essentially starch, which is
essentially cellulose, which is essentially a polymer of glucose, so on and so forth... If you've done this then you might realize that the rest that
if "left" (slight variations of ingredients in the pizza and dressings) is just "noise" to make the world and the choices you have seem more
] The Internet
Yahoo has run out of desirable usernames/e-mail addresses in only 12 or so years before they had to "recycle"
inactive member accounts so they
may be reused by new members who register.
I've personally ran into the same 4 people online during various years in various, very different locations online (from 2004-2014) and a couple of
them even more than once! People whom which I had no real significant relationship with, connection, or things in common other than that we shared a
passing-by or brief conversation. What are the chances? Higher than you can naturally fathom ;-)
An example of this is when I happened to run into one user on ATS that crossed paths with me, be it 7 years later from hence we cyber-met "briefly"
7 years prior. We were not closely acquainted and shared no significant common interests.. The only token of remembrance was the user name -- this
person remembered mine, and contacted me asking if I remembered them from a brief interaction that took place 7 years prior ;-)
It might make you think...what about the x amount of online users who constantly change their user names and e-mails like dirty socks over the years?
Who's to say "anonymous user x" who's sitting in front of you wasn't that one guy named xbuffalochickenz12 that you talked to on a physics
website in 03? Would you even know it? Probably not. But then again maybe you would ;-)
The only thing about the internet that I perceive as unfathomably huge is the mass quantity of buried websites and content.
This is content and information that you will not come across in web browser searchers unless you are "specifically" looking for it using specific
phrases or keywords. Specific as in VERY specific, even as specific as knowing the exact address and sub-addresses that have to be inputted
into the main browser window. Methods to find buried content is often found by quite literally, going down the rabbit hole and usually almost always
start out somewhere familiar.
Anything and Everything leads to anything and everything you are looking for
Just one example of this is when I found a list of 14,000 "specific" yahoo accounts posted on a buried blog that had been inactive for 7 years, my
account was listed among the roughly 14,000. The specific list was posted on the person's personal blog in 2005. I don't even recall exactly the
steps I took to come across this information, but I do know that nobody can find it unless they know where to look. I noticed when I went through the
list I remembered so many of the accounts that were listed... I recalled coming across more than at least 200 of the accounts listed just from visual
...By now you might be wondering what's the point of spewing all of this nonsense!?
...Well keep reading
The person who posted the list on the buried blog fascinates me. The reason they fascinate me is because it sparked my curiosity due to the fact that
this person, without a doubt, "manually" spent A LOT of time online to collect the accounts for a specific purpose (which I do know), and further
digging on this person shows that they have has manually observed/corresponded personally with every single person who's account was listed :O -- I
remind you that that is over 14,000 people.
Blah blah blah! get to the point and tell me why is this rambling story relevant?!
It shows that even a huge website like yahoo with it's millions of user accounts is still a small world in terms of interaction. Out of the millions
of members, there lies only a certain percentage of members who used certain services of yahoo regularly. In terms of statistics as in the ratio of
members who had moderate activity, low activity, and almost ever day to every day activity can be easily monitored, to a great extent, MANUALLY! And
to make it even smaller, imagine what can be done using software and algorithms to place "every" account yahoo has ever had into a category based on
activity, or other various categories. :O