Smartmobbing the conventions

The idea of smart mobs came from politics: They were ad-hoc groups of demonstrators who used mobile devices to help co-ordinate their movements. Now there’s TxtMob, an SMS tool designed specifically to connect protestors of the Democratic and Republican conventions. According to a recent posting on a mailing list, it seems to work; a member of the protest Black Tea Society wrote:

“TXTMob was great! When the cops tried to arrest one of our
people, we were able to get hundreds of folks to the scene within

(Thanks to Smart Mobs for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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