Keeping the 4sqDay Spirit Alive Year Round

We Foursquare lovers look forward to April 16th all year. Not only can we get cool specials and swag at our fave local businesses, we can also hang out with people in person that we bump into virtually all year round—the people whose avatar greet us when we open the app to check in, or who taunt us on Twitter when they steal mayorship of a hotly contested venue. On 4sqDay, we gather with our community Leaderboard battlers and break bread and toast glasses—but how can we make that feeling last all year?

Last year, in 2012, our community had a rip-roaring 4sqDay that left me longing to reproduce that convivial feeling on a regular basis with the abudance of amazing people checking in all over our city. This sparked two meetups beyond 4sqDay—4sqFriday and Portsmouth Breakfast Club.

One of the Twitter promos that our local 4sqDay organizers ran was a fill-in-the-tweet contest: “This year I will celebrate 4sqday by ____.” I filled the blank with “play actual foursquare with a red bouncy ball,” and the event coordinator at our community meetup made it happen. We had so much fun playing actual foursquare (and re-learning the rules), that we all decided we’d meet to play after work on Friday afternoon every week as weather allowed. It lasted well until the fall, when cold winds and hectic schedules dismantled the gatherings, but it was a great way to mingle, start the weekend, and get some blood flowing—not to mention the good-natured fights over the mayorship of the court itself! We plan to start 4sqFriday again come spring.

Another great meetup which has been going strong (and getting consistently larger) is Portsmouth Breakfast Club (#portsbkfstclub). It all started just a few weeks after 4sqDay with this tweet. And so it began—we have met every Wednesday morning since at 6:48am (because 6:45 is just too early), sharing updates on our fave apps (like Foursquare!), discussing tech news and new trends in social media, and generally catching up over coffee and bagels. It’s become an invaluable part of our weeks, and something that we rely on to stay on top of what’s going on in our community, both local and virtual.

That’s what 4sqDay is all about—using a common interest to get together with others in your community and learning more about them and from them. This same spirit of community connection can keep going all year—if YOU keep it going!

Be creative and find what works best for you community: an in-person meetup, a weekly hangout on G+, or participating in Monday night #4sqchat.

What will YOU do to perpetuate the 4sqDay spirit year round? Let us know!

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One Month Until 4sqDay

April 16th is 4sqDay

Wow, where is the time going? It seems like we just celebrated 4sqDay 2012 one month or two ago; now, we are already midway through March of 2013, and we are in the home stretch. Before you know it, 4sqDay will be here, and communities around the globe will come together to celebrate, check-in, and give back. Some communities have already started the planning process. Some have reached out to their local mayor(s) to get the 4sqDay Proclamation process going. On other hand, some foursquare communities have not yet started. So, if you are part of the latter group, now is the time to start planning. Mark your calendars and celebrate along with us this year!

It’s Never Too Late

Just remember that the first 4sqDay celebration was organized in under one month, so your gathering can be great. We recommend that you look at other communities and what they have done in recent years. Still, it all comes down to you. Write down your game plan today and start reaching out to your fellow foursquare users, local businesses, and local government officials. Please stay tuned for more tips; of course, you can also shoot us a tweet if you have any questions!

Be sure to let us know how you are celebrating. We’ll be posting more information about that this week; for now, just reach us via our contact us page! If you have a celebration gathering planned, we’d love to hear about it. Please comment below with link/details or reach us on Twitter! We’re extremely excited, and we hope you are too!

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4sqDay Communities – Start Your Engines!

png-1(image: 4sqDay 2013 Turkey)

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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Will You Be Fit By 4sqDay?

With 2013 in full swing, April and Foursquare Day are nearing. If you recall back to last year, Nate challenged all foursquare users to get in shape by Foursquare Day! Some started right away; others waited until the start of 2013. Fitness and healthy living are not the easiest things to accomplish, but achieving each has its own advantages. Have you started on the journey towards healthier living? Are you eating better and exercising more? Or have you wanted to start but simply couldn’t find the time or energy? Well, it is never too late to start. With warmer conditions (for many of us) coming up in the very near future, now is as good of a time as always to get things going in the right direction. Of course, if you are nearing your goals, be sure to stay on track and push to reach them. Foursquare Day is about one month away, so let’s look and feel our best as we celebrate yet another great year! Lastly, be sure to use foursquare to help motivate you to reach your fitness goals. Personally, I like to use the highly-contested [foursquare] mayorship at my local LA Fitness [gym] as fuel and motivation, ensuring that I stick to my workout routine. Luckily, I have a few people vying for this title, so I have to stay on top of it, and I certainly won’t be cheating myself.

How do you use foursquare to stay fit? Are you going to be fit by Foursquare Day? If you have progress pictures or a story to tell about your fitness quest, we’d love to hear about it. Comment below and/or email me via the Contact Page!

Grab some weight plates and get training!

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Rapidly Approaching 4sqDay

4sqDay 2011 & 2012 logos

2012 ended with a bang, and we were all ready for the holidays, but now we are into March of 2013, and you know what that means. Foursquare Day is just around the corner. We look forward to another great, global celebration, and we hope you are excited too.  In 2012, communities from all around the world tuned in to celebrate Foursquare Day, and, with the foursquare community continuing to grow bigger and stronger, we are certain that this year will be even bigger. We will be certain to give you some more ideas and particulars as April 16th approaches, but now is the time for you and your community to start planning. Now is a great time to reach out to your local mayor and/or other officials. Also, this is a great time to reach out to your local businesses. In the coming days and weeks, be sure to check back here for tips and recommendations to help make your celebration the best one yet!

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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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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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