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Six Degrees of Facebook

August 4, 2010

I’m a bit of a Facebook addict. I think it’s because I like to live vicariously through my friends who are doing super exciting things. Like eating at Red Lobster or watching The Bachelorette. Or maybe it’s because I have a not-so-secret desire to be a private investigator like Veronica Mars, so I read the cryptic emo status updates of some of my friends and try to figure out what’s going on.

With one of their recent redesigns, Facebook started recommending pages that they think you would like. Often, they base it on things of which you’re already a fan—like musicians, books, etc. And that’s when the hilarity ensues. For example, I recently got one that said I might like The Church of Latter-Day Saints because I like the comedian Brian Regan. Because obviously when you think “comedian,” you automatically think “something religious and conservative people love.” And then another friend was recommended Michael Jackson because he likes Starbucks. Huh. Not sure about that one.

Then it dawned on me that perhaps Facebook likes to play Six Degrees of Separation. Let’s start with Starbucks to Michael Jackson:

Starbucks–>Caffeine–>Stimulant–>Drugs–>Michael Jackson

And this is my guess for Brian Regan to Mormon:

Brian Regan–>Good, clean fun–>Mormon

And how about Harry Potter to Twilight:

Harry Potter–>Fantasy–>Facebook is living a fantasy if they think putting Twilight in the same category as Harry Potter is a good idea.

That was fun! Using the same logic, let’s see what other crazy connections we can up with.

Creed–>Songs about love–>Painfully cheesy lyrics–>Harlequin romance novels=Many who like Creed also like Harlequin romance novels

Reading–>Spending time alone–>Solitary confinement–>Prison–>Lindsay Lohan=Many who like reading also like Lindsay Lohan

Dessert–>Apple Pie–>Fruit–>Orange Juice–>OJ Simpson=Many who like dessert also like OJ Simpson

And last but not least, we can’t play Six Degrees of Separation without Kevin Bacon:

Gardening–>Tomato–>BLT sandwich–>Kevin Bacon=Many who like gardening also like Kevin Bacon

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2010 8:03 pm

    I’m pretty sure Facebook is going to sue you for cracking their recommendation code and publishing it online for everyone to Lindsey Loha–I MEAN READ.

  2. PTGranger permalink
    August 5, 2010 7:59 am


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