I’ve heard it a million times before: info traveling. What is it? Info traveling is the act of receiving and disseminating information through various means to various interested parties. It’s the act of going from point A to point B, from city to city, state to state, the vast majority of the time by air. In other words, it’s the act of receiving information and disseminating it.
Now, I’m not talking about long journeys in the dead of winter, but rather the day to day, minute to minute, instant to instant nature of how we “travel.” Information traveling can take place almost anywhere and at any time. Info can travel from person to person, country to country, continent to continent, town to town, city to city, state to state, country to country, all in less than a day’s time. Info traveling is really the most convenient form of traveling, considering the time you can spend actually getting from point A to point B. No hotel room, no flying, no driving, no sitting at a desk, no packing, no waiting.
And don’t think of this as a marketing ploy for some new business or marketing service, either. I’ve had clients explain to me that they simply want to be able to help out others in need and that info traveling just happens to be the most efficient way for them to do this. It just seems that so many different types of businesses have some sort of need or use for information traveling.
So just what is info traveling, anyway? Is it like the flying car, or are there differences? Yes, there are differences. First of all, unlike planes, cars, or trains, information travels in a similar fashion to the way information is transferred in one’s living room through a telephone conversation. In other words, information travels between people in the same way that it would be transferred if two people talked on the phone for an hour, just without the verbal exchange happening first.
This way of transferring information is called packet switching, and it is essentially the same principle as how a phone works. However, in order for one to be able to get information across via packet-switching, the medium in question must be able to understand that information as it comes along. And in most cases, this understanding comes in the form of a computer, or a computer network, or some sort of ultra-fast broadband internet connection. Without this sort of understanding, you can’t have a packet-switching computer network going over very long distances.
Of course, while a car or train can take you anywhere you’d like to go, it still has to follow the rules of the road, meaning it can only move at a reasonably fast pace and it can’t make turns. This is why one can’t just put anything in the tank and start driving–it wouldn’t make much sense, and there are plenty of rules that the authorities need to enforce. However, because people aren’t driving cars and trains anymore, we now have the ability to communicate with each other using electronic means, which are much more reliable than other means. As long as you have good satellite reception and an ultra-fast internet connection, you’re golden. As long as you don’t try and cross the border into Mexico, you’re pretty much set.