IM Someone: The Online Popularity Test, from the WaPo
The article is about the AIM Fight site:
…you enter your AOL or AIM screen name and your friend’s AOL or AIM screen name. Then you click “fight” to figure out who’s got a bigger score — as in who’s better connected and more popular.
Your popularity is based on who has you on their buddy list. There’s a complicated algorithm at work here. Your score is measured to the third degree, in the sense of the “six degrees of separation” game that seeks to link anybody on Earth to any other person through no more than five friends.
BTW, my score is 76. So that means I’m wicked lame, I suppose. My problem is clearly that I’m more of a Yahoo IM user.
Your score will change sometimes radically depending on how many of your connections are online and how many others they connect with.
That said: I completely dominate you, jppomera!