Atlanta Prepares to Celebrate 4sqDay 2013

2013 4sqDay Party by 4sqATL

Guest Post by Chad Elkins, founder of 4sqATL; congratulations to Atlanta on another great upcoming 4sqDay gathering!

It’s hard to believe that 4sqDay is hitting its 4th anniversary on Tuesday. And for the fourth year in a row, Atlanta will be celebrating. Right out of the gate in 2010, the Atlanta community rallied together with over 50 4sqDay specials and a party with 100 folks who were both existing users and new users who signed up that night to check-in for the first time. The annual celebration has steadily grown in participation, sponsors, and event attendees. Our party last year had over 300 users celebrating with food trucks, free custom Atlanta 4sqDay giveaways, and beer at SweetWater Brewery. Not only did we have a great turnout, the City Council issued a proclamation for the day, and we had the most active venue in the world on Untappd! (photos from 2012 event)

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I’m excited about what we have planned for 2013. As in previous years, we are assembling one day check-in specials that are only valid on 4sqDay. The Atlanta City Council has already proclaimed 4sqDay for 2013 as well. No 4sqDay would be complete without a party! This year we are gathering at a brewpub in Atlanta called 5 Seasons Brewing where we will be taking over their rooftop bar and patio. Secondhand Swagger, a popular local band, will be playing and we have 2013 Atlanta 4sqDay custom t-shirts and koozies to give away to attendees – thanks to our sponsors: Original El Taco, Engauge, The Fox Theatre, Strongbox West, and What’s Up Interactive. We’ll also have the 4sqDay water bottles to hand out to everyone courtesy of Foursquare. Not only will we be gathering to celebrate, we’re also using that opportunity to do some good. The Atlanta Community Food Bank will be on-site collecting donations. Entry to the event is free, but we are asking for a $4 suggested donation or 4 non-perishable food items from attendees. The ACFB can turn a $4 donation into 16 meals for families, a four…squared benefit! Please check out the 4sqATL site for more details on the 2013 4sqDay party.

I’m proud of how active our Atlanta community is and their passion for both Foursquare and charitable efforts. Looking forward to seeing everyone again here in Atlanta and I would like to wish all of you around the world a safe and happy 4sqDay.

How are you celebrating this year? We’d love to hear all about it!

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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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