The six degrees of separation theory may need to be updated with the amount of social apps that keep people connected
Singapore startup 6degrees has developed a “connected phonebook” app that may make everyone a little closer than the common six degrees of separation theory.
With the app, if you change any of your own contact info, the app will automatically change it in your friends’ phones, only, of course, if they too use 6degrees. The app also deletes duplicate contacts, backs up contacts and call logs, integrates social profiles, allows for searching of people in your network and can broadcast 140 character messages to contacts.
Closing the separation gap
Founded in December by Niranjan Rao and Arun Samudrala, 6degrees is located in both Singapore and Bangalore. Rao told Geektime that the duo came up with the idea to solve a problem common among their friends, that led to losing touch with friends when phone numbers are lost or outdated, and having duplicate contacts in their phonebooks. The app is still in beta, but has been downloaded more than 7,000 times in 90 countries in seven different languages, Rao said. The company has funded its development with a $40,000 innovation award it received from the Singapore government.
The app is currently available for Android and the iOS version will be released next week, Rao said. The company is also developing a web version and a Windows phone version, which will be coming in a couple months.
Future features for the app include a mobile yellow page service that allows users to search for nearby businesses and services, and a mobile enterprise directory for companies to create organizational directories of their employees so they can contact one another.
We may need to change it to five degrees of separation with how easy it can be to connect these days.