Small World

Volume 8, Issue 160; 11 Dec 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Real world news, by way of Flickr.

Information is recorded in vast interconnecting networks. Each idea or image has hundreds, perhaps thousands, of associations and is connected to numerous other points in the mental network.

Peter Russell

Although I have nothing really to add, it seems like something would be lost if I failed to mention these circumstances.

From my image, I'm lead to Paul’s image (by way of his invite to join the Textorized pool). From that image, by simple proximity in his photostream, to a View East. And from there, to the Fuel Depot Explosion pool. And finally, by way of search, to the story.

Thus are events half a world away brought to my attention. Because we're all connected.


There are too many new things used on this site -- e.g., new protocol name ttp:/ :-) in ttp://


—Posted by Matej Cepl on 11 Dec 2005 @ 10:04 UTC #

Based on your title and teaser, I thought you were going to mention another pool, which I was invited to join after someone saw some pictures I had taken of a diorama my younger daughter did for school:

—Posted by Bob DuCharme on 12 Dec 2005 @ 03:35 UTC #

That was just a typo (or a cut-and-pasto, anyway), Matej. Sorry about that. Fixed now.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 12 Dec 2005 @ 12:46 UTC #

The small worldness of the WWW is a really interesting property. It has been analysed mathematically together with other statistical properties that show that the WWW is a Complex System, as many living systems like metabolic networks, acquaintance networks, food webs, neural networks,...

We have also performed this analysis on part of the Semantic Web and it has shown that it is also a Complex System. Consequently, it shows small world behaviour.

Moreover, another important characteristic of Complex Systems is that they are scale free, i.e. fractal. Therefore, as they show the same behaviour at different scales, it can be said that the whole Semantic Web is a Complex System

Finally, we can even say that the Semantic Web behaves like a living system... more details at the Living Semantic Web project web page

—Posted by Roberto Garcia on 14 Dec 2005 @ 08:36 UTC #

Another interesting link is Tim Berners-Lee's "The Fractal nature of the Web" Design Issues document.

—Posted by Roberto Garcia on 14 Dec 2005 @ 08:38 UTC #