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  • Micah L. Sifry term to describe "the odds of fortuitously connecting with someone you don't know but share an interest with, or the odds that you will learn something timely or surprising or valuable to you.

    These are chance meetings between people, and chance meetings between facts, and chance meetings between people and facts.

    Interactive communications technology is all about upping the odds of a chance meeting. It's the combination of search + living in public that makes this possible."

    March 26, 2009

  • Sifry attributes the term to a blog entry by Punya Mishra. Funnily enough Sifry made a mistake in his writing, since this was NOT the term used by Mishra. The original term (as posted in this initial note) was "Serendipitious Connectability."

    How Seremdipitious Connectibility the term came to be, and how it relates to other terms such as Ambient Findability, & Practical Obscurity can be found here: Serendipitous Connectibility, A short history of an idea

    March 28, 2009

  • Reminds me of Peter Morville's term—also the title of one of his books—Ambient Findability.

    March 28, 2009

  • John is absolutely right.. which is why Sifry's error in writing down what I had originally written can be confusing. Peter Morville was speaking of something quite different than what I meant by Serendipitous Connectibility... It will be interesting to see how these terms live on in the future.

    March 28, 2009

  • Punya: In my blog post, I didn't "attribute" the term to your blog entry; I gave you credit for helping inspire my thinking about serendipitous findability. The concepts are similar but not identical. Sorry if that produced some confusion.


    March 30, 2009