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Eye doc in Tampa, FL specializing in infants and kids. Writer/speaker on SM for eye care. Owner of @BrightEyesTampa. Founder of #4sqday. #FitBy4sqDay

Dusty’s Ride: Tampa to LA and Busts!

I’m very, very happy to announce a new 4sqDay partner: The 2ndBasemen. They are not an underground hip-hop crew, nor do they actually have anything do with baseball. They are, however, amazing. As their mission statement says:

“The mission of The 2nd Basemen, Inc., a registered charity, is to enrich the lives of both women and men diagnosed with breast cancer (and their families). We provide, financial assistance to help cover medical bills, family bills and enrichment.”


Who can argue with that? But as if fighting breast cancer wasn’t enough, they do it in unusual ways: skydiving, running,  jumping in the riving, beign on Oprah, mechanical bull riding, and most famously, doing a such things while being men who wear obnoxiously pink bras.  It. Is. Awesome.  Get a little taste by watching the 2nd Basemen slide show video.

The 2nd Basemen was founded by Dusty Showers, a Tampa renaissance man and outrageously confident bra model. I’ve met with Dusty and he is funny, sharp, and indeed, a foursquare user. If you get the chance, definitely hang with him.

The timing of this announcement is great, because Dusty is about to undertake his most ambitious fund-raising event. He is riding from Tampa, FL to Los Angeles on a bike. And not a Harley, but a real bike. As in, a 10-speed bike. That you pedal.

From their ride webpage:

On July 28, 2012, Dusty Showers plans to hop on his bike in Tampa, Florida, wearing a pink bra of course, and make his way to Los Angeles, where he hopes to meet up with Randall and his honeybadger who have already put ther paws in to support The 2nd Basemen. A trip estimated at 2500 miles over the course of 35 days. He is hoping to bring along a film student as a traveling companion to capture it all on film.

So not only can you follow Dusty on his ride on foursquare, you can actually join me in making his ride a success by becoming a sponsor! Please consider helping in whatever way you can. To find out how to do that go here: http://the2ndbasemen.org/sponsor/

We’ll be reporting Dusty’s ride along the way, so stay tuned! We are proud to support him!

The 2nd basemen want YOU to sponsor Dusty’s ride!

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Fit By 4sqDay – Changing Habits

After your free Slurpee from your 7-11 check-in yesterday, this seems like an excellent time for our first post from Kristin Rink Votta. She is an owner and personal trainer at Fitness-Tek, a 4sqDay partner. What she says below is completely true and is actually the underlying idea behind #FitBy4sqDay. -Nate

Fit By 4 Square Day Takes Long-Term Commitment!

It can be difficult to change your life or change a habit. Getting fit by 4 Square Day 2013 is an amazing opportunity to do just that! Fad diets won’t work. Over-exercising won’t work. Starving ourselves won’t work. Unfortunately there’s no secret pill or powder.

Changing a habit or transforming how we relate to an issue can be hard especially when it comes to weight loss goals. It can be simple to talk about, but not always easy to execute.

How many times do you make a health resolution before it sticks?

Is this the 3,654th time you’ve made the same resolution? You’re not alone. Take some time and really tell the truth about what happened the other 3,653 times you tried this. When it gets hard, do you talk yourself out of really wanting that commitment anyway? Or when someone calls you out, do you get nasty enough that they never ask you about it again? Me too. The more we’re willing to tell the truth about that and clean it up with the people in our lives, the more support and power we’ll have.

Let other people know what you’re up to with your weight loss goals.

Pick people who aren’t afraid to tell you when you’re being a jerk. Tell them WHY it’s so important for you to reach your goal – the more you open up, the better. Why did it matter that I change how I eat and exercise? On the surface, I want to look good and feel hot in a bikini. When I look deeper, it’s also because I want to be able to have a family and I’m scared to death that I’ve done damage I can’t repair to my body.

Share the deep part of your “WHY”. Remember it’s all a process. If you knew what to do and how to do it, you would have done it already. Use the people you trust and consult the experts. It is possible to get the results you want. We are here to support you in any way we can!

What is your “why?” Tell us so we can help motivate you!

We look forward to posting more of Kristin’s articles on fitness and getting in shape. If you’d like to reach her email, kristin@fitness-tek.com  or go to www.fitness-tek.com.

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Happy 7-Eleven Day!!

We have no financial interest in 7-Eleven, but we sure have an interest in FREE SLURPEES! Especially when it is 1,000 degrees outside!

Here is the office link: http://www.slurpee.com/

 Check in to 7-11 today! 

And thanks to 4sqDay friend, Rob of Fifth World Art for the photo from Slurpee Beach Adventures!

 

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We Want You – to Blog!

 

 

Hey! You there! You reading this blog post!

I can tell by the way you are sitting and/or standing there reading this blog that you are interested in foursquare. I can also tell that you are sensitive, intellectually curious, and generally fun to be around. Really, you are great.

Most importantly, I bet you have some ideas  about how foursquare works (or doesn’t work) in everyday life. You’ve had an interesting foursquare experience that you’ve shared with your friends. Perhaps that experience took place on 4sqDay, or perhaps it was awesome serendipity. Or badge related.  But you’ve just never had the right opportunity to share it with thousands of other foursquare fans.

Well now you do. We here at 4sqDay are helping “Make every day a 4sqDay” by letting you share your stories, thoughts, ideas, pcitures, video, orginal artwork, or almost anything else about foursquare. Especially from outside the USA. We like to see what other people are doing.

Simply use this easy submission form.

And if you think you want to submit regular posts for our humble 4sqDay blog, please email nate@4sqDay.com.

Ready?

Set?

Go!

 

 

Feature photo credit: Suttonhoo

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From the Archive: Fit By 4sqDay!

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. I’m pleased to report that so far I’ve lost 12 pounds. :)  -Nate

 

For the last three years, I’ve dealt with the same issue during this time of year… the 4sqDay 5. Maybe you’ve experienced it, too. The hustle and bustle of getting things ready for 4sqDay, the stress of everyday life, the fact that I don’t work out like I used to… followed by all the eating and drinking and being merry on 4/16 all combine to result in tighter fitting pants, an unnatural fear of getting on the bathroom scale, and the gradual suspicion that I am, in fact, becoming a huge blob.

But this year, there was no disputing it. The evidence of my poor health choices was obvious to everyone… especially in this picture:

Tampa’s real Mayor, Bob Buckhorn is the dapper-looking man on the left, who has shown leadership in using foursquare as Mayor. I am the wide-looking guy in the 4sqDay shirt on the right. There is no denying it. I’m the largest I have even been. The heaviest I have ever been. And I need to change my ways.

Think about it. Do you see a little bit of yourself in my chubby profile? Did you have one too many cupcakes this year? Did that awesome bulking up routine fall victim to a series of awesome check in drink specials?

Well, this year is DIFFERENT. This year, instead of gaining 5 pounds by next 4sqDay, we all are going to get in the best shape of our lives. Ladies and Gentleman, with the help of foursquare, each other, and all manner of new apps and gadgetry, we are going to get you Fit By 4sqDay.

This is the plan:

  1. Think of a challenging but reasonable health goal that you’d like to a achieve in 1 year. It could be anything. Lose Weight. Complete a half marathon. This is not a crash-diet or three day fast. This is changing you habits and lifestyle to meet your goals in one year that can set you up for future years of success.
  2. Go to Fitocracy and sign up for the Fit By 4sqDay Group. Here you will find tons of foursquare fanatics of all different fitness levels ready to join you, support you when you are weak, and give you mad props when you succeed.
  3. Think about what you can do to help the group succeed. Have a favorite health app like RunKeeper, Nike+, or fitsquare? Write up a guest blog post and we’ll publish it. Are you hugely successful with Weight Watchers, going Vegan, or Paleo? Tell us why it is working. When chatting health and fitness, use the #FitBy4sqDay hashtag, so we can follow and share.

And to show you that we are serious, we have some professionals on board to keep us all motivated. I’m happy to introduce Kristin and Kevin Votta from Fitness-Tek (4sqDay partners).  They will be posting useful information and be active in the Fitocracy group. We are excited to have them on board.

All of this is free. The only thing you have to lose is a few pounds. So who is with me? Who wants to be a monster on the foursquare court next year?

Let’s Get Fit By 4sqDay!

-Nate

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Storytelling via Foursquare – Media in Latvia

This is another post that was written some time ago by one of our favourite  foursquare bloggers,  Mareks Matisons (@marruciic) but got misplaced in the transition to the new blog. I absolutely love reading about foursquare in Latvia! -Nate

 

One of my all time favorite fairy-tales starts with something like “it happened in those old days when the good times were..” – and I love the fact that my short story will cover the “good old times” when nobody expected Carmine Gallo book to be printed..

By the way – the book Power of Foursquare unveils dozens of examples how Foursquare can be used..

So – back to the “good old times” and to the small country near the Baltic sea – Latvia.

We have an extremely popular news portal delfi.lv. It has grown from a simple news site to a complex informations gateway – with national news, stories from abroad, pictures, e-mail possibility etc. Just like a CNN – just some hundred times smaller. Still, Delfi is the most visited news resource in Latvia and has longest history.

And they started to play with foursquare.

But not the way some brands are doing, which is by writing comercial tips or sharing stories nobody really would like to read.

Delfi has built it’s foursquare presence by being humorous and educational in the same time.

Some of the tips are truly with the message “You won’t be expecting this“ - thats how they named brand’s list on foursquare.

Some of the places listed are not traditonal public places. One example, The Poetry House, is a abandoned building where on the walls of the building you cans read some fun stuff – a modern poetry critisising government. You can remember a certain liquor store which will be held in the collective memory because of first mass riots in our country.  And Delfi also did write the tip on the one of famous bridges in our capital city with a grinning smile – this place will be remebered for the local terrorist who climbed up to the bridge and demanded sweets during the debate with authorities.

Does it sound that Dlefi has been focused more on a criminal deeds and tried to memorize them in foursquare? Nope! There are lots of good memories too and fun places to count in while planing a slow foursquare walk in Riga.

From one perspective – the most known internet resource does not need a recognition in a social network which is just gaining the popularity in the country. From the other – only with foursquare our collective memory can be expanded, because in the news site you specifically need to know the element what to search. Foursquare tips are giving the possibility to tell – where and what happened. And actually bring the history out to the streets.

(Final note, you can read our interview with the author of Power of Foursquare here. -Nate)

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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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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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