Are we approaching a moment in time when sending out a last-minute flash mob announcement will trigger a mob consisting of more cameras and reporters than anything else? If so, that could be a lot of fun in itself. Take advantage of this, people; it won't last...
That's an ugly coincidence.
Organizers: consider steering clear of the large corporate retail stores; these places get enough business as it is.
Participants: remember that a corporation could easily create fake flash mobs designed to spur more business to its retail outlets. Don't be a sheep! Consider the consequences before following any flash mob instructions. Avoid purchases during, after, or on the way to a flash mob.
Meanwhile in Germany, folks are still going absolutely nuts over flash mobs. Over at http://www.twoday.net there are flash mob groups assigned to dozens and dozens of German cities and towns, and people are joking about a fictional flash mob in Iraq.
Still, no mob organizers have taken this to the next level. The sarcastic creativity behind the Antimob Project ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/antimob/ )might spark some ideas:
"While the Mob Project seeks to materialize a mob of people at a place for a brief period of time, the Antimob Project seeks to create the opposite effect. In a given 10 minute period with the participation of everyone in the world, we will create a ghost town atmosphere in a famous public space… If we can get everyone in the world to participate in our non events, we can produce some dramatic results."
"Tom" seems more organized in his flash mob backlash; he wants to HACK the events. Who knows what he's cooking up at flashhack.blogspot.com, but it smells good from here.
The folks at flashmob.com are working to build what sounds like a group of open-source community-based Web tools designed to power evolving flash mobs. They've opened the flashmob-dev mailing list to serve as a discussion forum for people developing flash mob related applications.
Micah at http://why-war.com looks forward to using flash mobs for political purposes, and she has written up some thoughtful strategies for doing so.
Text courtesy of cheesebikini - UK flashmob troublemakers: