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Are You a Connector?

One of my all-time favorite nonfiction writers is Malcolm Gladwell. Gifted with the ability to present piercing insight into human behavior and social psychology in a lucid and readable form, Gladwell offers fascinating essays on information contagion (memetics), crime waves cycles and other topics.

In his book The Tipping Point, Gladwell talks about the central role that three personality types (Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen) play in social epidemics. In this excerpt, he describe a simple test that anyone can take to tell whether they fall into the first of those categories, the Connector.

What makes someone a Connector? The first--and most obvious--criterion is that Connectors know lots of people. They are the kinds of people who know everyone. All of us know someone like this. But I don't think that we spend a lot of time thinking about the importance of these kinds of people. I'm not even sure that most of us really believe that the kind of person who knows everyone really knows everyone. But they do. There is a simple way to show this. In the paragraph below is a list of around 250 surnames, all taken at random from the Manhattan phone book. Go down the list and give yourself a point every time you see a surname that is shared by someone you know. (The definition of "know" here is very broad. It is if you sat down next to that person on a train, you would know their name if they introduced themselves to you, and they would know your name.) Multiple names count. If the name is Johnson, in other words, and you know three Johnsons, you get three points. The idea is that your score on this test should roughly represent how social you are. It's a simple way of estimating how many friends and acquaintances you have.

Algazi, Alvarez, Alpern, Ametrano, Andrews, Aran, Arnstein, Ashford, Bailey, Ballout, Bamberger, Baptista

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Barr, Barrows, Baskerville, Bassiri, Bell, Bokgese, Brandao, Bravo, Brooke, Brightman, Billy, Blau

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Bohen, Bohn, Borsuk, Brendle, Butler, Calle, Cantwell, Carrell, Chinlund, Cirker, Cohen, Collas

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Couch, Callegher, Calcaterra, Cook, Carey, Cassell, Chen, Chung, Clarke, Cohn, Carton, Crowley

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Curbelo, Dellamanna, Diaz, Dirar, Duncan, Dagostino, Delakas, Dillon, Donaghey, Daly, Dawson, Edery

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Ellis, Elliott, Eastman, Easton, Famous, Fermin, Fialco, Finklestein, Farber, Falkin, Feinman, Friedman

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Gardner, Gelpi, Glascock, Grandfield, Greenbaum Greenwood, Gruber, Garil, Goff, Gladwell, Greenup, Gannon

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Subtotal I  

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Ganshaw, Garcia, Gennis, Gerard, Gericke, Gilbert, Glassman, Glazer, Gomendio, Gonzalez, Greenstein, Guglielmo

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Gurman, Haberkorn, Hoskins, Hussein, Hamm, Hardwick, Harrell, Hauptman, Hawkins, Henderson, Hayman, Hibara

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Hehmann, Herbst, Hedges, Hogan, Hoffman, Horowitz, Hsu, Huber, Ikiz, Jaroschy, Johann, Jacobs

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Jara, Johnson, Kassel, Keegan, Kuroda, Kavanau, Keller, Kevill, Kiew, Kimbrough, Kline, Kossoff

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Kotzitzky, Kahn, Kiesler, Kosser, Korte, Leibowitz, Lin, Liu, Lowrance, Lundh, Laux, Leifer

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Leung, Levine, Leiw, Lockwood, Logrono, Lohnes, Lowet, Laber, Leonardi, Marten, McLean, Michaels

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Miranda, Moy, Marin, Muir, Murphy, Marodon, Matos, Mendoza, Muraki, Neck, Needham, Noboa

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Subtotal II  

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Null, O'Flynn, O'Neill, Orlowski, Perkins, Pieper, Pierre, Pons, Pruska, Paulino, Popper, Potter

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Purpura, Palma, Perez, Portocarrero, Punwasi, Rader, Rankin, Ray, Reyes, Richardson, Ritter, Roos

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Rose, Rosenfeld, Roth, Rutherford, Rustin, Ramos, Regan, Reisman, Renkert, Roberts, Rowan, Rene

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Rosario, Rothbart, Saperstein, Schoenbrod, Schwed, Sears, Statosky, Sutphen, Sheehy, Silverton, Silverman, Silverstein

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Sklar, Slotkin, Speros, Stollman, Sadowski, Schles, Shapiro, Sigdel, Snow, Spencer, Steinkol, Stewart

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Stires, Stopnik, Stonehill, Tayss, Tilney, Temple, Torfield, Townsend, Trimpin, Turchin, Villa, Vasillov

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Voda, Waring, Weber, Weinstein, Wang, Wegimont, Weed, Weishaus

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Subtotal III  

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Poll #6882 Are you a Connector?

Value for Subtotal I

0-5
13(25.5%)
6-10
19(37.3%)
11-15
7(13.7%)
16-20
6(11.8%)
21-25
3(5.9%)
26-30
1(2.0%)
31+
2(3.9%)

Value for Subtotal II

0-5
17(33.3%)
6-10
11(21.6%)
11-15
5(9.8%)
16-20
11(21.6%)
21-25
3(5.9%)
26-30
2(3.9%)
31+
2(3.9%)

Value for Subtotal III

0-5
21(41.2%)
6-10
17(33.3%)
11-15
3(5.9%)
16-20
4(7.8%)
21-25
3(5.9%)
26-30
2(3.9%)
31+
1(2.0%)

Sum of Subtotal I, II & III

0-10
9(18.0%)
11-20
12(24.0%)
21-30
7(14.0%)
31-40
7(14.0%)
41-50
4(8.0%)
51-60
1(2.0%)
61-70
6(12.0%)
71-80
2(4.0%)
81-90
0(0.0%)
91-100
0(0.0%)
101-110
0(0.0%)
111-120
0(0.0%)
121-130
0(0.0%)
131-140
1(2.0%)
140+
1(2.0%)


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