The elaborate Venn diagram of our lives

A friend told me today about this new girl he's seeing. It being 2007, of course he had to have me check her out on Facebook. Which led to the revelation that she knows some people I know --- not surprising when two degrees of separation is par for the course in Singapore.

What was surprising is that she knows an old classmate of mine from primary school, whom I haven't spoken to since the late 1980s when we bumped into each other at Centrepoint. And that, upon peeking at his list of Facebook friends, it turns out that he knows a number of people in my existing circle: a former colleague, an old neighbour and a friend's ex, among others. Which leaves me further surprised that we haven't crossed paths more recently.

I like Facebook, but sometimes it just reminds me that Singapore is just Too. Damn. Small.


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At 12/21/2007 10:23 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

which is why i'm not on facebook, but i know i'm weird that way.

At 12/22/2007 1:05 am , Blogger L'oiseau rebelle said...

Heck, even here in the area of Denver, Colorado, between my social circle, my work circle, my bf's social circle, his work circle, there are so many connections that turn up in unexpected places. My social circle is quite distinct from my work circle. And our circles are, for most part, distinct too. And we've lived here for just over a year.

At 12/22/2007 4:39 am , Blogger Tym said...

cour marly > But Facebook is fun! How else would I distract myself from work all day?

L'oiseau rebelle > That's reassuring to know. I always thought I felt the claustrophobia more in Singapore because it is, physically and population-wise, a pretty damn small place. PS: Nice to see you still online and merry Xmas!


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