So what’s a smart mob? A smart mob is simply the dispersal of information to the masses via easy-to-use, everyday technologies such as SMS texts, emails, blogs, as well as social networking platforms such as Twitter in order to create and orchestrate a well-informed protest or gathering. In essence this is a revolution in terms of protests. In the past, protesters relied on gatherings and planning in a room before the actual protests, with little use of technology, and seldom would they have mass rallies that included thousands of people. It all changes when modern technology allowed people like us to mobilize and update crucial information, such as escape routes or what types of police forces will be present, quickly and to many people. This means that they are always one step ahead, and also lend the mob a sense of organization never seen before.
This is excellent in terms of what it could mean to the people of the world. This democratization of technology means that people, if they should decide to take to the streets, have a far more efficient platform and power to inflict change towards a society they deem needs changing. This wide spread, minute-by-minute information can also means less casualties as people can run away in time, as well as more participation, as you can send emails to anyone, or anyone can be following your Twitter account.