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April 22, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

Digital Activism: The Rise of the Hashmob

Social Change 2.0: Twitter and Digital Community Activism

Nicholar Carr recently talked about the rise of the Twitter Hashmob:

Forget flashmobs. The new thing is the hashmob.

A flashmob is, in case it’s already slipped your mind, “a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse.”

Flashmobs were okay, but they had a couple of big downsides. First, they required you to go outside. Second, you had to, well, be in a flashmob.

Hashmobs solve both problems by transferring the flashmob concept into a purely realtime environment. A hashmob is a virtual mob that exists entirely within the Twitter realtime stream. It derives its name not from any kind of illicit pipeweed but from the “hashtags” that are commonly used to categorize tweets.

I wonder what hashmobs will create and organize beyond what meetups and Tweetups (Barcamps and Podcamps and meetups of passionistas)

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