Knowing everyone: Are you a connector?

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In "The Tipping Point," author Malcolm Gladwell argues that the success of any kind of social epidemic depends on the involvement of people he calls "Connectors." These are the people who know everyone.

Mr. Gladwell offers the following list of surnames taken at random from the Manhattan phone book. Give yourself a point for every surname that is shared by someone you know -- by the author's definition, "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, and you know three Johnsons, you get three points. Your score should roughly represent how social you are.

In his book, Mr. Gladwell says scores tend to vary by age, with groups he tested averaging about 21 for college students and 40 for professionals in their 30s to 50s.

Connectors, on the other hand, score very high in every age group, with some hitting 90 to 100 and more.

Algazi

Alvarez

Alpern

Ametrano

Andrews

Aran

Arnstein

Ashford

Bailey

Ballout

Bamberger

Baptista

Barr

Barrows

Baskerville

Bassiri

Bell

Bokgese

Brandao

Bravo

Brooke

Brightman

Billy

Blau

Bohen

Bohn

Borsuk

Brendle

Butler

Calle

Cantwell

Carrell

Chinlund

Cirker

Cohen

Collas

Couch

Callegher

Calcaterra

Cook

Carey

Cassell

Chen

Chung

Clarke

Cohn

Carton

Crowley

Curbelo

Dellamanna

Diaz

Dirar

Duncan

Dagostino

Delakas

Dillon

Donaghey

Daly

Dawson

Edery

Ellis

Elliott

Eastman

Easton

Famous

Fermin

Fialco

Finklestein

Farber

Falkin

Feinman

Friedman

Gardner

Gelpi

Glascock

Grandfield

Greenbaum

Greenwood

Gruber

Garil

Goff

Gladwell

Greenup

Gannon

Ganshaw

Garcia

Gennis

Gerard

Gericke

Gilbert

Glassman

Glazer

Gomendio

Gonzalez

Greenstein

Guglielmo

Gurman

Haberkorn

Hoskins

Hussein

Hamm

Hardwick

Harrell

Hauptman

Hawkins

Henderson

Hayman

Hibara

Hehmann

Herbst

Hedges

Hogan

Hoffman

Horowitz

Hsu

Huber

Ikiz

Jaroschy

Johann

Jacobs

Jara

Johnson

Kassel

Keegan

Kuroda

Kavanau

Keller

Kevill

Kiew

Kimbrough

Kline

Kossoff

Kotzitzky

Kahn

Kiesler

Kosser

Korte

Leibowitz

Lin

Liu

Lowrance

Lundh

Laux

Leifer

Leung

Levine

Leiw

Lockwood

Logrono

Lohnes

Lowet

Laber

Leonardi

Marten

McLean

Michaels

Miranda

Moy

Marin

Muir

Murphy

Marodon

Matos

Mendoza

Muraki

Neck

Needham

Noboa

Null

O'Flynn

O'Neill

Orlowski

Perkins

Pieper

Pierre

Pons

Pruska

Paulino

Popper

Potter

Purpura

Palma

Perez

Portocarrero

Punwasi

Rader

Rankin

Ray

Reyes

Richardson

Ritter

Roos

Rose

Rosenfeld

Roth

Rutherford

Rustin

Ramos

Regan

Reisman

Renkert

Roberts

Rowan

Rene

Rosario

Rothbart

Saperstein

Schoenbrod

Schwed

Sears

Statosky

Sutphen

Sheehy

Silverton

Silverman

Silverstein

Sklar

Slotkin

Speros

Stollman

Sadowski

Schles

Shapiro

Sigdel

Snow

Spencer

Steinkol

Stewart

Stires

Stopnik

Stonehill

Tayss

Tilney

Temple

Torfield

Townsend

Trimpin

Turchin

Villa

Vasillov

Voda

Waring

Weber

Weinstein

Wang

Wegimont

Weed

Weishaus

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