Orkut revisited

(As I continue to bite my tongue to avoid a political comment...)

A while back I noted that Orkut said I had two million friends, via the 19 people actually in my friends list and the six-degrees-of-separation stuff.

I thought that was just silly. So, after a while, I decided to do something about it (besides mostly ignoring Orkut, which has worked quite well). I deleted seven "friends" who I've never met and don't really know well enough to consider trusted acquaintances, bringing the set down to 12.

This wasn't easy, given that Orkut lately doesn't work more often than it does.

So I checked today. With twelve "friends," my total network of potential contacts has dropped all the way to...

What? If I cut out half of the remaining 12, I'd wind up with three million contacts? Or do I have a few hotly social contacts and they're reaching some sort of natural asymptote within the Orkut membership, roughly 2.4 million?

Oh well, back to mostly ignoring Orkut.


Maybe you have very popular friends who are busy making linkages?

Can you check my friends count, Walt, and note who they are? I forgot my password. Getting ready to make my Christmas card list and don't want to leave anyone out.

Is that what the kids are calling it nowadays?


Unfortunately, you're one of the seven who I don't really know well enough. (No offense: I deliberately drew the lines as narrowly as possible.) So you're off my radar, even on the rare occasions when (a) I go to Orkut and (b) it doesn't crash.


Actually, I meant my connections. It shouldn't be more than a million or so. That's not a problem is it?