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Counting high-powered connections

By Laurie Bennett

September 6, 2011 at 10:12am

Today we launch a new feature called the “Muckety meter,” which appears on every profile page on our web site.

Here’s a sample from the profile page for venture capitalist L. John Doerr:

Muckety meter: L. John Doerr has direct or once-removed relationships with 1,182 people, organizations or other entities in our database of Muckety-mucks. This is more than 98% of all entries.
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Muckety score: 98
(Explanation of score)

This new metric counts the number of connections people and organizations have compared to other entities in the Muckety database. Figures are rounded down to the next whole number.

It does not necessarily measure influence. CEOs, for example, often have low connection counts as they single-mindedly work for company (and personal) advancement.

The count does not differentiate between levels of connection - a company board seat is counted as one relationship, just as chairman is counted as one relationship. Multiple relationships between the same entities are also counted as one.

Scores reflect the content choices of Muckety. We focus primarily on the national levels of U.S. business, government, politics and entertainment.

Our database is highly selective and in constant flux, encompassing Fortune 1000 companies, top federal authorities, national-level politicians and celebrities. We’re not a resume service, nor are we voluntary. Many of the profiles included on Muckety are of people and organizations that choose not to participate in social networks sites.

We not only add new people and organizations daily, we also remove them if they don’t have significant connections to others on Muckety.

We include former as well as current relations in our scores, in recognition that connections often continue long after someone leaves a position.

We also include deceased people in our counts, as connections and influence can continue even from the grave.

If you think we’ve overlooked a person or organization, please let us know.

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The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.


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