World Wide Flash Mob 2011

This past Saturday, I participated in WWFM 2011.

WWFM 2011 Prescott AZ

WWFM – World Wide Flash Mobs – A fun and friendly way to promote geocaching around the world. Thousands of geocachers at dozens of coordinated events spanning the globe, gathering at the same time.

Sonny and Sandy of the PodCacher podcast came up with the WWFM idea in 2007 after attending a mega-event. It was meant to be a fun “opposite” of a mega-event: all the cool aspects of a geocaching event, crammed into 15 minutes of excitement. An added dimension is represented by the letters “WW” – World Wide – these events occur across the planet on the same day at (mostly) the same time! These caching events are intended to bring geocachers together in a creative way, as well as introduce others (newbies) to the hobby.

Basic Requirements:

  • Hold the event on the official, announced day, preferably at the official time
  • The event should last only 15 minutes (some locations hold separate “after” events for more fun)
  • Take a group picture
  • Collect the number of people attended for statistical purposes
  • Be creative and Have fun!

There were about 40 people at the mob here in Prescott, Arizona. We gathered at the southwest corner of the Courthouse Plaza at 9:45. At 10:00, we took off for a walk around the square and then met at the south side steps for a group photo. There was a doggie event going on so I know we attracted a lot of attention. I told a BUNCH of people all about geocaching and too!

Flash Mob Walking

Unlike the Tucson WWFM event, for our flash mob, we all wore red.

Guy In Red

Some of us wore more red than others!


The best part of these geocaching events is that you get to meet all the “famous” cachers in your area. Like JeanAnJoe who are prolific cachers having found nearly almost 5,000 caches and have hidden over 700.

Jean, Joe, and KimHere’s some more information about geocaching events.

Readers Weigh In:

  • Have you ever been to an event? What did you think?
  • Have you ever been in a flash mob? (Geocaching or otherwise)
  • Would you attend a local meet-and-greet?


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4 Responses to “World Wide Flash Mob 2011”

  • NoleChic:

    BBx2 and I (NoleChic) just hosted the Electric Slide Flash Mob GC2TQ2J in Destin FL at Harborwalk at 5pm on June 11, 2011. It was a great turn out an I think there were more muggles that danced with us than cachers. We had cachers there from
    Mississippi, Cincinnatti and New Jersey! Everyone had a couple months to learn the Electric Slide (which is the mist universal dance besides the Hokey Pokey that we could think of). We had links to “how to” on the page to YouTube. We had kids, adults and even people on crutches dancing!! We’re doing another event, same event, different venue, to take advantage of everyone already knowing the dance.

  • Kim:

    I LOVE the idea of doing the electric slide! ESP Boss & I are organizing a HUGE event here in AZ (more on that later) and he thought the idea of doing the electric slide as a Flash Mob was GREAT! Fantastic idea, thanks!

  • Beverly:

    For our Flash Mobe Event in Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC, we did Frozen in Time. We signed the log, spread out, and stayed frozen for five minutes. Heard some comments like “Don’t make eye contact!” from muggles passing by, and several people got asked “Sir? Can I help you?”. It was a lot of fun.

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