About Walter Elly

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The spirit of 4sqDay (Happy 4sqDay 2014!)

The Foursquare Day 2010 Team behind the first Foursquare Day

The team behind the first Foursquare Day in 2010 (before it was renamed to 4sqDay).

Over the years 4sqDay has made headlines, Mayors have made proclamations, cupcakes have been baked and parties were thrown around the world. The app evolved dramatically along with the company, going from foursquare to Foursquare (capital F), opening new offices and moving to bigger ones. The catalyst for all this was the users and throughout the years the number of users of the app skyrocketed and continues to do so (for example: Foursquare added 12 million users in just 8 months last year in 2013 – a growth of 36% to 45 million and usage also blew up, going from 3.5 billion check-ins to 5 billion check-ins in the same period). 4sqDay and 4sqDay fans (and by that I mean you, yes you! Thank you!) have helped with this growth and Foursquare has certainly showed their appreciation. Throughout it all, fun was had and people checked in together on Foursquare. We here at 4sqDay HQ feel that this is the true spirit of 4sqDay. So go! Get out there, check in on Foursquare and have some fun!

Happy 4sqDay!

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Thanks for a great 4sqDay!

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We’ll have more to come and for now we wanted to send a big thank you to everyone for a great 4sqDay! We can’t wait to celebrate with you all again next year – but don’t wait until then to meet up again with your best Foursquare friends – plan a Foursquare meetup and keep the fun lasting all year long! Thanks again everyone and Happy 4sqDay!

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4sqDay secret swag item: revealed! Hurry, get yours now!

Foursquare has really stepped it up this year with a surprise swag item that they’ve teased for the past few weeks. This week we got the chance to visit Foursquare HQ to get a first look. We have to say we are very excited- and now we get to reveal it! In a change from year’s past where Foursquare sent a set of stickers, pins and a t-shirt to each event, Foursquare will be sending dozens of specially designed 4sqDay water bottles to each event! Take a look at this beauty:

4sqDay 2013 Swag

It’s the 4sqDay Explore Water Bottle! It fits in perfectly with Foursquare’s new explore and discover theme. This bottle is super hip, rugged and ultra portable- roll it up or hook it to your bag with it’s carabiner and you’re good to go! Just look at that gorgeous 4sqDay 2013 logo on the side! It’s the perfect accessory for any modern-day explorer with smartphone in hand, discovering awesome places and things to do through Foursquare.

BUT HURRY UP! If your 4sqDay community doesn’t register your community event with Foursquare and let them know you are having one by MARCH 29TH (that’s less than a week away) you’ll miss your chance! REGISTER YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT HERE and don’t miss out – get registered and make sure you and all your friends get one of these awesome bottles – because exploring without hydration is almost as silly as going somewhere and not checking in!

Special thanks to Foursquare for designing, producing and shipping these bottles to all the 4sqDay communities worldwide. We appreciate Foursquare showing the love back!

PS

Foursquare has made available the official 4sqday 2013 logo in high resolution EPS format (perfect for use on signs and more!). Just click here to get the link via their usage agreement form!

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4sqDay Communities – Start Your Engines!

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With 4sqDay 2013 just around the corner we wanted to make sure 4sqDay fans and community organizers (that’s you!) have everything they need to have a great 4sqDay!

So read on, get excited, and get to it!

1. Familiarize yourself with 4sqDay:

If you aren’t familiar with what 4sqDay is, take a look at this blog post from Foursquare. You’ll be a 4sqDay expert in no-time.

2. Make sure you tell Foursquare that you are celebrating:

Head over to the Foursquare Meetup site, find and click on your community in the list (or add one if it’s not there) and then RSVP to the 4sqDay 2013 meetup event. Then encourage all your friends in your community to do the same!

3. Are you organizing a meetup in your area? You could get limited edition 4sqDay swag!

Register your 4sqDay event here because Foursquare will be sending a limited edition 4sqDay item (new year, new swag!) to as many 4sqDay meetups that register as possible. They will consider everyone’s requests, but due to high demand, larger meetups have priority (they’ll be checking RSVP numbers, so make sure to include a link to the event/invite).

4. Throw a 4sqDay party on 4/16:

To get started, check out our post from year’s past on how to throw a great party for your community on 4sqDay. Update your community’s meetup.com 4sqDay event with your new plans and then be sure to tweet about your event and use the hashtag #4sqday!

5. Get businesses involved

Encourage local businesses to sign up for Foursquare using Foursquare’s business signup page and then register a special offer for 4/16. Connect with your local chamber of commerce to superpower this effort. Then share the news of businesses in you area providing 4sqDay offers within your community and go out and patronize those businesses on 4sqDay! Additional ideas and resources for local businesses can be found here.

6. Get the real Mayor of your town or city to proclaim 4/16 as 4sqDay!

We did it last year and you can do it, too! Check out all the cities that have proclaimed in the past, then read 4sqCincy’s blog post on how they got their Mayor to proclaim 4/16 as 4sqDay.

7. Talk to the media!

Call up the newspapers and talk to your local TV and radio. Consider a press release. 4sqDay, as a grassroots movement, makes a great and positive story. Maybe do something cool and newsy at exactly 4:16PM in your timezone. Don’t forget to post the pictures and the videos online!

8. Snag the official 4sqDay 2013 tshirt

Foursquare has designed an awesome 4sqDay 2013 tshirt this year and made them available for order. Snag one for yourself to celebrate!

9. Most importantly, have a great 4sqDay!

Have fun and let us know what you’ll be doing on 4/16 to celebrate in the comments below!

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