February 9, 2009

Facebook used to organize London flash mob

A 22-year-old man said he used the Web site Facebook to organize a so-called flash mob at a London train station after being inspired by a TV commercial.

The flash mob organizer, who was identified only as Crazzy Eve, admitted to using the social networking site to draw thousands of people to London's Liverpool Street Station last week, CNN said Monday.

Crazzy Eve said he was inspired to organize last Friday night's unusual dancing event at the usually busy train station by a T-Mobile advertisement.

CNN said the success of the flash mob event has prompted Crazzy Eve to schedule another flash mob gathering for next Friday, this time at London's Trafalgar Square.

Comedian Charlie Todd, who organizes such events in New York, said flash mobs are a chance to enliven traditional boring locales.

We get satisfaction from coming up with an awesome idea and making it come to life, Todd said online.

In the process we bring excitement to otherwise unexciting locales and give strangers a story they can tell for the rest of their lives.