From the Archive: Celebrate Foursquare Day on April 16!

This was originally posted on our temporary blog, which we set up in response to the hacking and now serves as our archive. In the upcoming weeks, we are going to be updating and reposting highlights.  We’ll start with the very first blog post from March 22, 2010.  It is funny to see it now, especially the badge part.   -Nate

Foursquare has gotten some good press recently, thanks in part to SXSW. I want to help, by turning April 16 into Foursquare Day!

Background: I’ve been a fan of foursquare since before I could even use it. While it was incubating in New York, I was reading about foursquare on Mashable, but since Tampa wasn’t yet an open city, I couldn’t do much. Immediately after Tampa was unlocked I blogged and tried to get the word out to friends and fellow business owners. Although I used the mobile site, it wasn’t until I could download the Blackberry app, that I really began to see it as a game that also challenges me to try new venues in my neighborhood!

More background: I’ve always been a fan of geeky holidays. My birthday, October 23rd, falls on Mole Day (10^23). And of course March 14, (3.14) is Pi day. And May the 4th (May the force… with a lisp) is a great day for a Star Wars Day party!  So why not Foursquare Day? Let’s get out there and frequent some local venues on Friday, April 16.  Why then? Because it is the 4th month, and the 4-squared day!

To participate, all you have to do is check in somewhere on April 16, and use the #4sqday hashtag! Then party down! It is that easy!

But if you want to help us get the word out here are some other ideas:

For Users:

For businesses:

  • Make sure your venue is up to date with correct info, tags, categories, etc. For example, here is Bright Eyes venue page.
  • Offer a special or discount on Foursquare Day! Tell everyone, put it on your webpage, blog about it, tweet about it. Stay tuned for our #4sqday discount!
  • I don’t think it is an improper use of tips to add a tip for your venue that you are celebrating Foursquare Day with a special of some sort, but others may disagree on that point.

It has been suggested that anyone who gets 4 check-ins on Foursquare Day get a Foursquare Day badge. I am all for this! If anyone knows how to bring this badge closer to reality, let me know!

So what am I missing? What else should we do to get the word out? What are you planning on doing to celebrate Foursquare Day? And don’t forget to friend me!

If you’d like to be a part of the #4sqday planning group let me know!

-Dr. Nate


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Save On Cellucor Supplements For #FitBy4sqDay

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Hopefully, you are well on your way to become “Fit by 4sqDay.” You are making changes to your eating habits and integrating more exercise. That’s great to hear, but maybe you need something to supplement your diet. Maybe you need some added energy during your workouts, maybe you need a quality protein to take right after your intense workouts, or maybe you need a little extra solid thermogenic  to help you burn the extra fat and help boost your metabolism. Whatever the case might be, have no worries. I want to introduce you to a cutting-edge, top-notch supplement company that I recommend, Cellucor. The great people at Cellucor do a good job of providing effective products at a good value, and the bonus is that they do a much better job of identifying what is in each supplement (most companies worry that somebody will steal their formula, so they always use the term “proprietary blend” when describing their supplements). Take a look around their website; if you see something you want to try, be sure to use my promo code, DWAYNE, during checkout for a 20% discount on your order and free shipping. And be sure to let me know what supplements you try out and how you like them! Keep working towards your fitness goals, and I look forward to sharing some fitness tips with you very soon!

 

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Happy Father’s Day, Foursquare Fathers

Don't Oust Dad Day 2012

Today is Father’s Day here in the USA, and we wanted to be one of the first to wish all fathers a great, safe, and Happy Father’s Day! With the summer looming more and more each day in the northern hemisphere, it is a time to celebrate with cookouts, sports, and family time! Along the way, those foursquare fathers will be checking in along with their families as they celebrate on this beautiful Sunday. On behalf of 4sqDay.com, I want to extend well-wishes on this great day! Be sure to let us know what you did for Father’s Day and where you checked in at! And, remember, do not oust your dad at his venues today!

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Thanks For Your Patience

Over the course of the past month or so, the 4sqDay blog has been down due to a malicious hacker. Of course, this was not the first time that we endured such a situation, but we certainly hope that it is the last time. Either way, we began the process of redesigning the site and its content back in early May, and we are proud to say that we are have come up with a new look and feel. We are excited to share this new look and beginning with you, the great foursquare community, and we hope that you are just as excited about the new look and the great content that is coming very soon!

Within the next week or so, we will continue to add some new and exciting features to the site, and many blog posts and information will be posted too. We certainly would like to get your feedback about the site, its look, and its future direction – remember that this site is for everybody, and we are anxious to explore new things and check-in to your local communities and events! Please check back for more exciting 4sqDay content, and, if you have yet to connect with us on your favorite social media sites, please do so by clicking on the [above] icons of your choice!

Again, on behalf of the 4sqDay team, I would like to extend a big thank you for your patience, continued excitement, and ongoing input! And remember to make each and every day a 4sqDay!

Dwayne

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Where can you find 4sqDay Online?

So many selections

We know that in addition to using foursquare users have their own personal preferences for how they connect to others and get information. Thanks to all our awesome volunteers we have 4sqDay represented on lots of networks.

Foursquare:

Of course we have a foursquare account! Feel free to suggest tips we should leave!

Facebook:

Of all the ways to connect with us is the biggest social network of all. We have over 11,000 likes on our Facebook Page.

Twitter:

We use the Twitter account to ask questions and follow information using the hash tag #4sqDay.

Instagram:

Do you like to share and comment on pictures? Be sure to follow us on Instagram!

Google+

The newest place to get information is Google+! If you are a G+ user you can join the others who have circled us here. We look forward to providing unique content in the new space. And maybe – gasp – Hangouts! :)

Empire Avenue:

Come invest and engage with us on this virtual stock market! For those who are not familiar with Empire Avenue, it is a great tool to monitor your social media engagement and connect with others! Join the party!

Klout:

Hey, we’re on Twitter, right? Well, we stop in on Klout and hand out a few +Ks once and a while, so feel free to do the same and be sure to +K your fellow foursquare fanatics too!

Fitocracy:

Joining us in getting more or back in shape before 4sqDay 2013? Join this fitness and work out discussion on Fitocracy.

 

Do you have a favorite social network or way to get information and you want foursquare day be represented? And then let us know! We are always looking for more volunteers to spread the word so if you think you your community would benefit e-mail us!

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The evolution of the “4sqDay” Name…

Over the more than 2 years since “Foursquare Day”  has been around, there has been some confusion about the best way to write it. Even among the founders, when we were first organizing the day in 2010, there was discussion about whether it should or shouldn’t be “foursquare day” or “Foursquare Day” or “4sqday” or “4SQDAY.” And so on.

In the very beginning I used “Foursquare Day” – (spelled out, capitalized). Back then, people didn’t know how foursquare itself handled the capitalization issue (lower case).  This usage is still in effect in our Facebook Page, since we can’t edit its name. (Help on this, anyone? Thanks!) However, almost immediately after that we created I created the Twitter account and, to save space, used “4sqDay.” That was then used for the website.

There’s been some discussion of whether it should be “D” or d in 4sqDay but that consensus finally was that we should use the capital to emphasize the “day” part better. 4sqday also looks a little lazier.

Now, for the sake of consistency as well as to help make a distinction between the grass-roots, volunteer, unofficial organization of 4sqDay and the official company foursquare, we recommend using “4SqDay” in all instances when you are referring to either April 16, our blog or social network accounts that we maintain. It is short and easy and makes foursquare feel a little better, understandably. Lots of people do not understand the distinction and this can help, at least a little bit.

I hope this clears up the confusion without getting all kinds of legalese up in here. :-)

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