Adding Tips Helps Fellow Foursquare Users

With 4sqDay just around the corner, more and more foursquare users will be gathering and exploring their towns and cities. As they do this, many will be at a location that they may have never visited before. Being in an unknown venue has its risks; [for example] in restaurants, some may not know what to order. Not knowing what the venue is better known for [or what to stay away from] is never a fun thing to experience. So, what can we do about this?

Push Towards 416 Tips By 416

Well, I introduced an idea… a challenge to you last year. The goal was to either reach 416 total foursquare venue tips or, if you had already gotten to that level already and/or wanted a bigger challenge, add an additional 416 tips. With one week to go until we celebrate 4sqDay, I want to reiterate this challenge, and it certainly is NEVER too late. Since I already am nearly at 1,000 tips, I planned to add 416 more tips. I have slacked in early 2013, so I still have 200 more to go, but I have a lot of tips in my head that I just need to add on my foursquare profile, so I will easily achieve this goal. In fact, after I do that, I still plan to attempt to add 416 MORE tips on 4/16! So, if I can add over 600 tips in the course of 7 days, you can add a few more tips too.

Make Them Count!

Of course, adding a tip just to reach a number is NOT what we are trying to achieve here. Instead, we want you to add great tips that will be useful for your fellow foursquare users. In the end, we will all win because we will have greater information at our fingertips as we continue to explore venues in our neighborhood and across the world.

Think Outside of the Box!

I recommend that you think back to venues that you may have visited long before foursquare became a mobile app. For me, I lived for 23 years in Michigan, but I was already back down in Atlanta, Georgia, when foursquare came about. But, that does not mean that I do not have information about venues up in Michigan or in other cities and states that I may have visited before. Instead, I encourage you to share those experiences and recommendations on foursquare via tips. And then, I encourage you to create lists around those awesome tips!

#416by416 List from 4sqDay foursquare page

Let’s Get ‘Er Done!

So, let’s get going and make this happen. We look forward to reading all of your great tips. Let us know if you are taking the #416by416 challenge; we want to hear all about it!

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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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