Here is a new study of the informal networks of people we are in contact with on a weekly basis. This one was based on data from the transit system on Singapore, but I’m guessing its findings are relevant for most large, modern municipalities.
Some of the interesting takeaways:
* People are creatures of habit, and that’s what largely drives these loose, place-based weak ties (same start time at work means the same commuter train).
* Regular connections are more pronounced in the morning than afternoon.
* As cell phones and other technologies become more prevalent, we will have better and better understandings of our place-based networks.
Alex Steffen you might be interested in this.
HT John Hagel