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Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in West Michigan Flashmobs' LiveJournal:

Sunday, October 8th, 2006
12:08 pm
[phantom]
is this only for west michigan?
Friday, April 15th, 2005
6:22 pm
[mistresselaura]
... i ve been tossing around the idea of getting together a flash mob in south haven. a woman that calls herself the double dutch girl is planning to jump rope across the u.s. to raise money for military families. she wants to start her journey in south haven. she s stated that south haven would be seen as the most patriotic town in the u.s. the intention is to close the streets downtown and have a festival, complete with parade and tacky decorations. good morning america will be here and several celebrities are slated to help kick off the event. i would love to get a huge group together with t-shirts that say something like peace is patriotic and jumprope through town. nothing illegal. nothing arrestable. but definitely attention getting!!!
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
5:43 pm
[harbinger21]
Whats been going on in here. I haven't read anything to forever. Keep up the posts and lets get our mob on.
Wednesday, October 20th, 2004
8:25 pm
[swingsister_t]
My deep apologies to everyone. I should have LJ-cut my last long post. I was between classes and wasn't thinking straight :/ I'll remember next time, I promise!
4:05 pm
[swingsister_t]
Courtesy of Sydmob.com: The three important elements to a flashmob event!
Hello Rapid Flashers! I'm currently in planning for our first community event which will be at the end of November. There may be a sooner event at the campus of GVSU to up our publicity... but that's still in the works. So stay tuned!

Below is some material my kind friends Mal and Tempest at Sydmob.com have let me pass on to you. These are the three important elements to a successful flashmob event. Please read through them!

Congregate, Act, DisperseCollapse )
Friday, October 15th, 2004
10:09 pm
[swingsister_t]
new business
Judging from the comments to my last post, the "Rapid Flashers" have the vote. Next step is creating a super-cool logo. Reasons following...

As I mentioned before, we need to up our numbers. I've sent an email to the Editor at the GVSU Lanthorn, and think we should try to contact other college/high school type papers... this is a great culture/off-beat story to cover. If any of you have contacts to any organizations like this - comment here and pass the info on. I'm more than willing to answer questions and maybe even put together a press release of sorts.

Also, if we've got a logo we could possibly do some print promotion (flyers/posters/etc?) on local college campuses. Anyone highly skilled at computer graphics or an artist?

yay team.
Thursday, October 14th, 2004
7:34 pm
[swingsister_t]
Alright folks... I've been in contact with a successful flashmob group out of Sydney Australia (sydmob.com). Turns out their mailing list for events numbers something like 1,500+ people. Cool, yeah? They've only been around for a little over a year. I'll be passing on some helpful info they've provided me as we get closer to our first mob (which will be coming soon...!).

I'd like to set a goal of recruiting until our numbers are around 100. Because we'll cover such a big area, we need to boost our numbers. we'll be a 'mob', and if only a few people show up for an event it won't turn out like we want. So recruit, recruit, recruit! I'm planning our first mob towards the end of November (think shopping season, lots of people, great time!).

Thanks for everyone's introductions :) We've gotten a few suggestions for names... I'd like to hear discussion on the following?
Rapid Flashers
Mobbies
Goonies
Mobsters
write-in name? _______

I'm thinking mostly for a logo/tee-shirt/bumpersticker something down the line as we grow. Ideas on that too?

Hope everyone went out and enjoyed the weather today! Keep life fun, and keep an eye out here for more details on our first event!

Taleah
Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
12:26 am
[swingsister_t]
Guidelines for flashmobbing
Guidelines:

- If you are attending a mob with either a partner or a large group of friends, organize to meet at a designated spot after the act has taken place. Preferably this spot should be far enough away so that people who have just witnessed the event don't put 2 and 2 together.

- When the act is over, disperse from the area at the allocated time outlined in the instructions handed to you by the organizer. Choose a direction and leave *alone*. This cannot be stressed enough. Try and not converse with anyone when you are leaving the area, either spectators or fellow mobbers. Hook up afterwards to share the joy! We are trying to give the impression that what just took place didn't actually happen at all.

- If you're attending the mob with digital equipment and wish to take a shot of the disperse, try and locate yourself away a bit from the area. Or have a friend organized to take the wanted shots for you so you don't miss out on the fun. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be generous, and share your images with the organisers! We may wish to use them on the website, with full credit given, of course.

- At completion of some mobs, the participants or witnessing public have suddenly gone into a round of applause at the end of the act. Even if the instructions don't outline this action, there's nothing actually wrong with doing it. Feel free to share your appreciation with fellow mobbers. But try and disperse as planned as well.

- When the disperse happens, leave the area in a calm and sensible manner. When you have a group of people which could reach well over 100 it's never a good idea to initiate a mass stampede, the threat of injury is quite real.

- If there is a presence of authority (police, security etc) and they give out explicit instructions to leave the area, do so. Even if its before the designated disperse time. Having people arrested for taking place in a flashmob is not the kind of attention we are seeking.

- Leave nothing behind but the lasting effect on the minds of your fellow mobbers and the witnessing general public.
Tuesday, October 12th, 2004
4:25 pm
[swingsister_t]
Introductions, ya'll!
Would everyone introduce yourself? Name, age, aprox. location, one idea for a flashmob, and one idea for a group name. :)
10:42 am
[dam_it_tomi]
yay for randomness!!!!!

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