Take The 416by416 Challenge

416by416 Challenge

Are you a big foursquare user like we are? Are you looking for a way to give back to your fellow foursquare community? Well, we have the challenge just for you. We call it The 416by416 Challenge, and its purpose is to encourage foursquare users to add valuable tips for other foursquare users to learn from in an effort to provide the best tips and information about venues in all of our own backyards! Better venue information will help everybody make more informed decisions about which venues to explore and what things are best to do at each venue.

Some History

Back on April 16, 2012, I challenge myself to add 416 tips [on 4sqDay]. Unfortunately, due to a few reasons, I was unable to meet my goal. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to step up and try again in 2013. However, there was no need to only limit my challenge to this one day. Furthermore, I figured that it would be fun to get more people involved in an effort to fill our foursquare landscape full of awesome tips. At the same time, we all have busy schedules, so I could not merely look to get lots of people to attempt to add 416 tips on Foursquare Day 2013, so the idea of 416 tips by 4/16 came to fruition.

How To Participate

First, we’d love for you to do some brainstorming about some awesome venues that you have been to; maybe, it is a venue that you go to everyday, or maybe it is a venue that you often visited long before foursquare came into existence. Either way, we’re sure that you have some great knowledge about these venues, and we’d hope that you would share that great information with the rest of us. Second, think about the popular or more discrete venues that are near you that you’d recommend to me if I was visiting your area; maybe it is a restaurant or an amusement park. The opportunities and venue options are endless.

Second, there are numerous ways to join the fun. If you only have added a few tips on foursquare venues, you can simply add more tips between now and April 16, 2013, until you have amassed a total of 416. For a bigger challenge, take a screenshot of your profile to mark how many tips you currently have and simply add an additional 416 tips by Foursquare Day 2013. Along the way, you could create a list and add those new tips to the list so others could follow along and possibly be encouraged to join in the fun. Now, if you are a big foursquare tipster and have already accumulate over 416 tips, you can also take the challenge by merely adding 416 more tips.

Quick Note about List Creation: We’d encourage you to make more than one list since the current list capacity is 200 tips; hence, you’d need three lists, but I’d recommend that you that you make your challenge list name descriptive and related to the name of the challenge… I called my first list #416by416 – Dwayne list1!

Third, you can tweet and post on Facebook about the challenge. We’d appreciate any tweets using the #416by416 hashtag, retweets of related blog or social media posts, Facebook shares, and anything else you can think of to help get the word out and to help encourage foursquare users to add great tips to their favorite venues. Also, the 4sqDay Community is going to directly participate too, so feel free to follow our lists and enjoy the fun! When you come up with extraordinary tips, feel free to share them on Twitter with the #416by416 hashtag and a link to the specific tip you just added!

Let’s Get Going!

We have plenty of time to add the tips to reach the goal. As of the writing of this post (September 16, 2012), there are seven months (213 days if you count 4sqDay as well) left until Foursquare Day 2013. That means that you can add an average of 2 tips per day and still have a few extra days to spare. Start today and share some great venue knowledge; what are you waiting for? In the coming days and weeks, we will be adding more blog and video content to help you with your tips. Of course, if you have some tips on how best to write venue tips, leave us a comment below or mention it to us in a tweet; we’d love to share it with the great foursquare community!

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About Dwayne

Dwayne Kilbourne, founder and principal at Killer Konceptz, in Atlanta, Georgia, provides brand consulting, website and e-commerce solutions, and strategic digital marketing tactics to clients, large and small. For the past 12 years, he has studied and worked in the marketing and technology industry. He holds both a BBA and an MBA with concentrations in marketing and e-business and has continued to pursue post-graduate research in related fields. Dwayne is a passionate blogger, an avid foursquare user, and an extreme fitness fanatic.

Thoughts on foursquare

In the fall of 2009, Dwayne learned about an app called foursquare. In December, he started to check-in, and the app grew on him. As time progressed, checking in became second-nature; he now has amassed over 23,500 check-ins and absolutely loves sharing tips, lists, and pictures. While all of this has been amazing, foursquare helped Dwayne find something quite unexpected – LOVE! In 2010, foursquare introduced Dwayne to Elaine, and 4sqLoveStory began!