Snapshots from the First San Francisco Flash Mob

July 16th, 2003

At least 150 flash mobbers spun in circles this evening while crossing busy Market Street in San Francisco. They spun and crossed over and over again, back and forth, until the flash mob suddenly disappeared, 10 minutes after it began.

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More photos here. Post links to your coverage in the comments below!

Invitation to San Francisco Flash Mob #1

July 14th, 2003

Someone has distributed an invitation to what will be the first San Francisco flash mob; I’ve pasted it below as it was e-mailed to me.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After the flash mob, please don’t head directly to the BART (subway) station. Part of a flash mob’s beauty is that it dissolves immediately; everyone heads off in different directions, leaving onlookers completely confused. Because this event will take place near a BART stop in an area with almost no available parking, most participants will arrive by BART and will tend to leave by BART. But if everyone heads to the Powell BART station at once, the mob will stay together, destroying that tasty mob-disappearance effect. So if you’re taking part, at 6:37 depart in a direction OTHER THAN towards the BART. Just stroll up to Chinatown, or go grab a beer at your favorite Tenderloin bar, or just take a walk around the block.

(If you’re wondering what a flash mob is, see this entry for an explanation.)
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Flash Mobs Eye Mall of America and San Francisco

July 13th, 2003

Trusted sources in Minnesota slipped cheesebikini an invitation to the first Minneapolis flash mob, and now you’re invited too. It’s scheduled to begin next Tuesday, July 22 at 6:25 pm Central Standard Time. And it looks like it will happen in the infamous Mall of America. I’ve pasted the announcement below; if you attend, please send us links to your photos and other coverage.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t be a sucker! Large corporations might try to organize their own flash mobs to increase consumption of their goods and services. Keep this in mind during any flash mob. If you participate in this event, please don’t purchase a single item within the Mall of America during the flash mob, or while traveling to or from the event. If we all adopt this policy it will prevent transformation of the flash mob movement into a series of crass corporate marketing ploys. (The organizers of the Minnesota flash mob emphasize they are not affiliated with the Mall and do not intend this to be an event supporting the Mall; nonetheless this is a good policy to keep in mind.)

Rumor has it that the first San Francisco flash mob will happen this Wednesday night, July 16th, although the invitation has not yet been distributed. Stay tuned. (That’s right, it’s scheduled to take place on the same night as the next New York city flash mob.)

(If you’re wondering what a flash mob is, see this entry for an explanation.)
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Plans for the Fourth Manhattan Flash Mob

July 9th, 2003

A fourth flash mob is scheduled to begin in New York City at 7:18 pm next Wednesday, July 16th. I’ve pasted the event announcement below, as it was e-mailed to cheesebikini. (Thanks for the tip, anonymous tipster.)

(If you’re wondering what a flash mob is, here’s an explanation.)
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More Flash Mob Forums

July 8th, 2003

Two new flash mob announcement lists and discussion forums have emerged.

The “dutchessmob” Yahoo! Group was created by folks in Dutchess County, New York, who are planning a flash mob out there.

The “flashmobs” Yahoo! Group seems to cover flash mobs worldwide.

Trudy’s in Trouble

July 3rd, 2003
Who’s Trudy?

Who will pay you $300 to find her?

Nobody will pay you, if this is a hoax.

Live Love Hotel Conference

July 3rd, 2003

love hotel conferenceRemember, the First International Moblogging Love Hotel Conference is going down today. Lovers all over the world (or just all around Tokyo?) are collaborating in one of the strangest weblogs around.

Photos: Third Manhattan Flash Mob

July 2nd, 2003
Manhattan flash mob #3 takes over a gigantic hotel lobby. Photo from
Manhattan flash mob #3 takes over a gigantic hotel lobby. Photo from

The Manhattan flash mobs keep growing. Above are photos from the third flash mob held in New York, courtesy of (top photo) and (bottom photo). You’ll find more photos at Satan’s Laundromat.

It seems that between 200 and 500 people (reports vary) gathered along the city-block-sized railing above the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel near Grand Central Station, then at a given moment they all engaged in 15 seconds of raucous and unexplained applause, before filing out again.

Attendees were instructed to bring dollar bills too for some reason, but they weren’t used. (There were three terrorism scares reported earlier today in New York City; perhaps that’s why the dollar-bill plan was nixed.) Thanks to, to, and to our Chief Manhattan Correspondent David Danzig for early coverage.

UPDATE: Jane has more photos at

Do you have photos from the event? How about video or audio? Please link to your coverage in the comments below.

(For background information, see the first flash mob post.)
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Flash Mob Updates

July 2nd, 2003

NEW YORK MOB REMINDER: The next big New York City Flash Mob will take place tonight at 7:04 pm — details here. If you’d like me to post your photos and coverage (or links to them), send them to (sean[at] or post them in the comments below.

Also, the Minneapolis Mob group is putting together plans for their first flash mob to take place on July 22, and they’ve built a Yahoo! groups site to manage the madness. Minneapolitans can find details at their FAQ page.

Meanwhile, we’re very slowly getting our mobs together in San Francisco. Folks have created at least two separate mailing lists (1, 2) for people interested in San Francisco activities along these lines. I’m plugged in to both mailing lists and will post news of any event announcements on as soon as I receive them.

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