VSL//From Google, 6 degrees of visual separation

Sites like Facebook revolutionized social networking by making it easy to find friends with similar interests. Not to be outdone, Google has created a cool new gadget called People Hopper that makes it easy to find friends with similar facial features.

The application, available through Google’s online social networking site Orkut, requires two photos: a head shot of you and one of a friend. It then searches the Orkut database for pictures of similar-looking users to smoothly bridge the visual gap between you and your friend. Who does this and why? Who can say! But the result is a collection of people that look like you and then gradually like the person of your choosing. Every one of these photos is clickable, leading you to an Orkut user’s profile and an opportunity to offer your friendship. Perhaps this is a superficial way to choose one’s friends, but then again, there’s no better conversation starter than “We are so good-looking.”

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