The other morning, whilst waiting on a plane for over an hour when my departure was delayed, I realised that at some point I'd become a "business traveller". Here's a few of the signs I came up with in a series of early morning tweets:

1. You've added +44 and knocked a zero off all the UK numbers in your mobile contacts

2. You know exactly where the taxi should set you down for fast access to T5 security (far end. close end opens at 6am)

3. You know your Avios balance and how many tier points you need by yoir renewal date

4. You committed your passport number to memory and carry pre-completed Landing Cards

5. You note a pre-5am spike in your tweets

6. You hit level 8 of the jetsetter badge on FourSquare and are surprised that equates to only 36 different airports

7. You know how to get around IP address enforced limits on free airport wifi

8. The person at immigration says see you next week

9. Duty free becomes your local wine retailer

10. You call destinations by their three letter airport code

11. You have suitcases specially for for one night, three nights and holidays

12. You foursquare friend request people who are checked in to the same airport lounge

13. You speak warmly of the shopping at CPH and ICN because you saw nothing else during your visits

14. You have a packing "strategy"

15. You keep spare mac dongles in each bag

16. You've reread this months HighLife 4 times

17. You avoid conversation with neighbouring passengers at all costs

18. You decant your shampoo into hotel shampoo bottles of no more than 100ml

19. You avoid buying shoes with metal in them

20. Most of your text messages are warnings from your mobile networking warning you of roaming charges

21. You avoid following people holding folders full of papers when in the immigration queue

22. You avoid families with children at security checkpoints, particularly if they have a pushchair

23. You mark the page stamped by immigration on the way in so as to speed your exit on the way out

24. All your devices are showing the time in different time zones

25. You say thank you in the wrong language when leaving a restaurant down the street from your own home


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Cybersoc by Robin Hamman
With over 13 years of professional experience in the digital and social media industry, and a client portfolio that includes some of the World's most recognisable brands and organisations, I've built a reputation internationally as a leading practitioner in the industry.

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About Robin Hamman

I've been helping some of the World's most widely recognised brands and organisations devise and implement strategic digital and social media programmes since 1999.

I'm currently the EMEA Digital Network Lead at Fleishman Hillard. I've previously held a variety of roles including Managing Director of Dachis Group Europe, Director of Digital at Edelman, Head of Social Media at Headshift, Acting Editor of the BBC Blogs and Executive Producer at ITV.

In addition to my day job, I help my wife run an online retail business selling wool blankets - if you're feeling chilly, check out

I hold a BA in Education, MA in Sociology, MPhil in Communication Studies and a PgDip in Law. I've also been a Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford University Law School and a Visiting Fellow of Journalism at City University, London.

Why In 1995, I tried to register, for the purposes of researching "ordinary users", the username Cybersociologist on AOL. They truncated my name and I stuck with it....

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