Does network size matter?

I happened to catch CSI Miami on TV last night when one of the characters in a class on 1990 reunion boosted that he wasn’t intimidated by the school star quarterback as his ‘network was bigger’. So does size matter with networks? Is it the person with the largest RSS aggregation, the longest blogroll the winner? The common assumption appears to be a resounding yes, though looking at it through complexity eyes maybe there’s another way of looking at connection. One which puts the emphasis on the potential to connect rather than the accumulation of nodes on a network. Less is more with networks? Well, I guess in simple elite terms the rich have always know that. But that’s not what I mean. I mean the ability to focus on the potential for networking, rather than the size of the network whether large or small.