2012 World Wide Flash Mob Approaching

WWFM Event in 2011

It’s 15 minutes of fun, frivolity, and community creation that many geocachers anticipate each year. The 9th geocaching World Wide Flash Mob (WWFM) is approaching in just over two weeks. This year, on June 9, more than 200 WWFM events are already planned in 25 countries. More events are expected.

According to the creators of the WWFM, Sonny and Sandy of the Podcacher Podcast, a WWFM is, “… meant to be a fun ‘opposite’ of a Mega-Event. [It’s] 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.”

A WWFM Event in 2011

A WWFM event usually involves geocachers quietly gathering. They pretend they don’t know each other. When the chosen time arrives, geocachers perform prearranged tasks like pillow fighting, bubble blowing, or flying paper airplanes. All the geocachers sign the logbook, then after 15 minutes, they quickly leave. Many geocachers meet up later to go geocaching together.

At least 10,000 geocachers are expected to attend WWFM IX events for the on June 9, 2012. Find an event near you by exploring the WWFM IX Bookmark list. If you want to organize an event, all WWFM events need to be submitted at least two weeks before June 9.

Courtesy: Podcacher Podcast

If you’re attending an event, Sonny and Sandy say the advice is easy.

1) Arrive early

2) Act like a muggle before the event starts (don’t congregate with other geocachers)

3) Enjoy the fun spirit of the WWFM

4) At the end of 15 minutes, leave without a trace

5) Plan to meet up with other geocachers later to spend a fun day caching

Watch this blog for WWFM IX updates. Are you planning on hosting or attending a WWFM event?



  • RaNa2009

    We like the WWFMs. In fact we are hosting one here in Dusseldorf, Germany (GC3BV9W). Yet, lately, we got some negative responses regarding the event. In summary they’re stating these kind of events do not have anything to do with “real” geocaching (whatever that means). We even got one guy leaving a note in our listing, stating he has put it on his ignore list – which really made us laugh. Anyone having similiar experiences with negative feedback regarding a flashmob event?

    Anyway, thanks for the article and have fun doing your flashmobs!

    Greetings from Germany,

  • halemeister

    No, I have not heard anything negative about WWFM events, or any other kind of flash mob for that matter. Simply put, if you don’t like it, don’t participate!

  • nefariousrogue

    I checked out a few in my state, and I think there is some confusion,  they are listed at different times.

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  • Ob

    is there any in Yorkshire

  • Jax

    think theres a law on the books against flashmobs in cleveland,ohio

  • Www Bigdaddydj05

    i have a question i found one of these things in a field what do i do im not a player and sure im not rich enough to play just asking cuz it seems like an amazing game but idk whats up what do i do if i find 1 please email me just so i know my adress is http://www.bigdaddydj05@yaho.com yes you have to put the www. thank you

  • cachers4ever

    I’m from Calgary and realized there’s a WWFM here in our city and am interested in participating. How do you become involved and know what to do as far as the prearranged tasks go when the time comes?

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  • I can’t figure out how to find/sort the events nearest me; am I missing something?

  • wobaca

    When do we find out the exact location (Seattle area)?