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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Flash Mob

I learned a new term the other day -- Flash Mob. It's when a bunch of people suddenly gather in a public place and break into a coordinated action, like a song and/or dance. You've no doubt seen some viral videos of flash mob.

According to Wikipedia, a flash mob (or flashmob) is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via telecommunications, social media or viral emails. The term is generally not applied to events organized by public relations firms or as publicity stunts.

I love these things -- they just make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I think I'd love to be part of a flash mob sometime, or at least be somewhere to see one happen live.

Jessica at A Bunch of My Nonsense posted this one that happened at the Oprah show last year. Oprah sounds surprised by it, though by definition it's probably not technically a flash mob (but who cares, it's still fun!):

I think the first flash mob I saw was this one:

It's still one of my favorites, partially because I love the song.

Do you have any favorite flash mob videos? Have you ever been part of one or seen one unfold in front of you?


Sharon said...

I would LOVE to be a part of one. Incredibly hilarious.

babybeezymom said...

I saw the dance on Opera and thought it was awesome.

Annie said...

omg mom my friends and i should do one!!!! tht would be HILARIOUS!!! we could go do it in the mall or Circle Center!

Anonymous said...

I love it! The do-re-mi one was the first I'd ever seen and is still my favorite. I'd LOVE to be a part of one.

Eternal Lizdom said...

I've blogged a few videos over the past few months of Flash mobs. it's a total dream of mine to be part of one. There's a great one of Single Ladies somewhere..

Amy said...

@Liz - Now I'm on the hunt for the Single Ladies one! Love that song.

Shelley said...

We have a mini-flash mob at our house every time we hear "Single Ladies." Even the dogs jump around and bark when they see us bustin' our moves. :)

Melinda said...

Well, my 13 year old daughter could probably tell you this, but I guess I'm not "with it." I had never heard of a flash mob before, but I do agree with Oprah. It is very cool!