It’s a Small World After All

You’d think that, with all the writing I do about digital communications platforms, I wouldn’t be surprised by the degree of connectivity enabled by the Internet. Well, call me old-fashioned (I’m probably the only person of my generation who still insists on keeping a non-digital day planner so I can hand-write all of my appointments—and forget trying to find me on Facebook), but it wasn’t until this past weekend that I became a believer.

I’ve been traveling all over creation, from London last week to Germany over the weekend for a wedding, and soon to San Francisco for the Bulldog Reporter Conference. I was concerned that it would be difficult to conduct business as usual, be it writing PR News to updating our Web site, to communicating with my designer for the soon-to-be-published PR News Best Practices in PR Measurement guidebook.

Well, I’m five days into my travels, and (knock on wood) things have gone off without a hitch. I can access our internal server from a village in East Germany, and, thanks to some crazy cell phone forwarding, I can receive calls from the U.S.—and the caller only has to dial my regular American number, no long distance charges required (don’t ask me how that one works). As for being in airports … I might as well be sitting in my cubicle, there’s so much access.

Anyway, I just thought I’d tip my proverbial hat to the power of digital communications, as it seems to offer a solution for just about everything—except jetlag, that is …

By Courtney Barnes