Six degrees of separation is the theory that anyone on earth can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. To reach a person at the other end of the chain of acquaintances, a decade back, we relied on direct mails or introduction from known acquaintances. Today we have online networking sites for our rescue.

My guess is almost everybody who is reading this post is a member of one or the other networking site. Be it for business needs, social needs, information source, closed groups, artifacts (photos, files, videos, music etc) sharing, blogging, dating etc. Over years, I too have been part of many networking sites, and many of my findings about these sites, and its members are not so satisfactory.

Cross your heart and answer these questions.

  • Have you ever fully realized the network you have built?
  • How many people you added unnecessarily and repented later?
  • Have you got what you were expecting when you decided to use that network?
  • Overall how many people in your network have gained from you? Gain here can be measured in terms of information, expertise, help, sale, money etc.
  • Overall how much you have gained from them?

Over time, you get bored to go to that site, have unwanted people on your list, spam, information overflow or dearth of necessary information in quick and easily accessible way. 

Is there a solution? Is there a network that really adds value to you and your network?