The One Thing You Must Do on 4sqDay

4sqDay is SO fun, y’all. 4sqDay is also time consuming and exhausting. After organizing two Foursquare Days the past two years, I’m taking a break from the proclamation and the giant party. Instead, I’m electing to have a small dinner celebration with some friends I’ve met through foursquare. But as a “veteran” 4sqday-thrower, I do have one, simple request for those organizing 4sqDay events:

Emphasize Foursquare Explore 

4sqDay Houston Cupcakes

Although delicious, cupcakes are not the meaning of 4sqDay.

Please make sure your event has an educational bent. Although cool, 4sqDay is not about the swag, the badge or how many attendees you have. April 16th should be about securing the future of the app, and the future of the app is Foursquare Explore. As Dennis says: “It’s not about the decline of the check in but the emergence of search and discovery.”

Ways to focus on Foursquare Explore:

  • Have a discussion about the best ways to use Explore: individual examples may give you more insight on different ways to use the feature
  • Hold a scavenger hunt using Explore – hide a prize at a nearby venue
  • Give out swag to those with the most tips, lists, etc (I did this at 4sqDay 2011 – my big winner only had eight tips!)
  • Set out a 10 minute block of time for everyone to leave thoughtful tips – ain’t no party like a tip-making party
  • Have “How to use Foursquare Explore” incorporated in your live Twitter/Instagram visualization stream

How else can you emphasize Foursquare Explore? Leave your tips (ha!) in the comments.

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About Nicole

Nicole Buergers was the founder of Foursquare Corpus Christi and is currently a co-community manager of Foursquare Houston. She loves 4sqDay, mainly for the cupcakes. Reported from the Foursquare court at SXSWi 2012 and is the creator of the Foursquare Ryan Gosling meme. Follow her on twitter and circle her on Google+.