"Six degrees of separation doesn't mean that everyone is linked to everyone else in just six steps. It means that a very small number of people are linked to everyone else in a few steps, and the rest of us are linked to the world through those special few."
"My social circle is, in reality, not a circle. It is a pyramid. And at the top of the pyramid is a single person..."
"Connectors [are] people with a special gift for bringing the world together."
"Sprinkled among every walk of life, in other words, are a handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack of making friends and acquaintances. They are Connectors."
"People weren't getting their jobs through their friends. They were getting them through their acquaintances...when it comes to finding out about new jobs--or, for that matter, new information, or new ideas--'weak ties' are always more important than strong ties. Your friends, after all, occupy the same world that you do. They might work with you, or live near you, and go to the same churches, schools, or parties. How much, then, would they know that you wouldn't know? Your acquaintances, on the other hand, by definition occupy a very different world than you. They are much more likely to know something that you don't...Acquaintances, in short, represent a source of social power, and the more acquaintances you have the more powerful you are."