As Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy proposed in his six degrees of separation theory, any two people in the world are separated by no more than a chain of 6 acquaintances. 6degrees, a Singapore-based phonebook app, is named after the theory and aims to make connections simple.

According to Niranjan Rao, founder of 6degrees, one of the amazing things about modern life is that we have all our relationships, like families, friends, colleagues, at our fingertips. However, it is also very easy to lose contacts of all the relations because our phone contacts are currently offline.

The only way to update contact information like email address, phone number, house address is to send mass messages, even if you are already connected on other social networking services, like Facebook, Twitter. It is a messy affair to send such messages and your friends also have to update these information manually. That’s how you lose touch with friends, said Rao.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.