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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Thanks to some work by Chris Credendino Foursquare Day now has a page on Wikipedia! This is great, but now the page needs a little love from Wiki editors the world over! Use your judgment to make the page strong.

Feel free to use our Press Page and the main site for reference.  I hope to be putting up some more blog posts here with some more data about April 16 and well some of the ideas we have moving forward.

-Nate

PS: While you are at it, the Foursquare wiki page itself could use some attention.

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During and immediate following Foursquare Day, there were a lot of fascinating blog posts about the various swarms and festivities. In fact, there now is a steady 160,000 Google hits for “Foursquare Day” so you know we cannot possible have read them all.

But now that we have had some time to catch up, we’ll be post snippets of some of the more interesting Foursquare Day posts. The first one, comes from us from Prague, of the Czech Republic. We were watching them closely, as they were super-organized from the beginning.

As a result of grassroot efforts, 16th April was declared “Foursquare day”. Since Czech people always try to trick and outsmart the others, #prague4sqday was called for 15th April, putting us in the lead. Unsure about number of 4sq users, the meet-up organizers hoped at least 50 users would come, earning this way the “swarm badge” (wondering how many badges are there? I like this list).

It all took place in a famous restaurant Como (in the heart of Prague life – Wenceslas Square), because it is the only place in Prague where you can actually get some bonus for check in (15% discount for every second check-in during happy hours). The place is run by Matesola, a famous food blogger, who helped the geeks enter the mysterious world of chefs, wait stuff, wine distibutors and more. Being one of the first in .cz to try out Twitter for promotion of a venue, seeing him as 4sq poweruser comes as no surprise. The other organizer was Martin Hassman, well known editor / writer / consultant among Czech geeks :)

Matesola welcomed us in Como, promised more free drinks (I was driving later, so I got a bottle of non-alcoholic beer as an extra, thanks!) and snacks after Martin’s presentation “Everything you always wanted to know about Foursquare but were afraid to ask”. Available on prezi – but only in Czech. Meanwhile people start to gather in small and liquid circles trying to match the faces and nicknames, meeting old friends and making new ones.

We are putting a call out for guest posts about your awesome Foursquare Day experiences. If you are interested, email info@4sqday.com.


You have probably noticed that things have been a bit quiet here at Foursquare Day headquarters this last week. The reality is that after a few weeks of non-stop Foursquare activity, most all of us volunteers needed to tend to our lives, our families, our jobs, our cars…. You get the idea. We are also currently reorganizing so that we can best move forward. Literally all our effort was on making 4/16 as cool as possible and now with that accomplished we are stepping back, looking at the big picture, and trying to do things the “right way” instead of the “fast way.”

But there has been some activity on the site. You may have seen this page that Jessica put together to showcase the press that out little project has received.It really is astounding. Not only is the list quite long but it is incredibly diverse. It is certainly worth skimming and clicking on a few of the articles.

Here are a few items of note:

  • Mashable/NBC – As our movement was growing so big, so fast around the world, we were a bit surprised that Mashable had no interest in Foursquare Day. None. But at some point they couldn’t ignore the grass roots and so on Foursquare Day we get the amazing Crowley/Mashable/NBC piece.
  • Global Times - This is noteworthy for two reasons. It was the first foreign press we received. And the global times has a readership of something like 100M (yes, 10% of a Billion). China is such a fascinating place when talking about scale.
  • Creative Loafing – I cannot say enough glowing things about about quickly, thoroughly, and well Creative Loafing ran with the Foursquare Day story. As a Tampa publication, they really embraced it and we appreciate their coverage and support during the local swarm at the Hyatt.We look forward to continuing to work with them.
  • Local Press – One element of Foursquare Day that simply cannot be ignored is that due to the speed at which it grow, small businesses and communities had a distict advantage when rallying the event. The large corporations were simply too cumbersome and the giant cities too busy. But in communities like North Andover, Mass, Foursquare Day spread like wildfire.

There were a few letdowns as well. There was talk about New York Times coverage, but that didn’t materialize. BBC America was originally scheduled to come to Bright Eyes to film some lead up to and execution of the Global Swarm, but that fizzed. There may have been some brief coverage on CNN on 4/17, but we can’t find any evidence of it.

Note that we had to draw the line somewhere, otherwise the list would be over 100,000 entries long (number of Google hits for “Foursquare Day” since April 16.) We didn’t include personal blogs in the list. If you feel strongly that your blog entry should qualify as press, please send the link to info@4sqday.com. And if there is other press coverage that we might have missed, please let us know!


OK swarming people! We want to see you party! Send in your links and we’ll post them!

OFFICIAL TAMPA SWARM HQ Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/4sqday

Cabaret West Glen in West Des Moines, Iowa: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cabaret-west-glen-foursquare-day-swarm-party

PS: Want to embed our stream? Use this:

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Hey blogosphere! We sent an e-mail out earlier today, but if you didn’t get one it’s because we don’t have your e-mail address. We still wanted to share, so check it out the flier below and be sure to sign up here so you don’t run the risk of missing out next time. @redheadjessica

Happy Foursquare Day!

Here’s a couple last minute tips from the Foursquare Day HQ in Tampa, FL!

Hey folks, today is Foursquare Day!

We want to make sure your business gets the most out of the day, so here are a few suggestions:

First, make sure your employees are on board and excited. Tell them that there will be people coming in talking and asking about Foursquare and about your offer. Be friendly and relaxed. You don’t want your customers feeling uncomfortable asking for the special, so ask them!

Second, we have made a sign for you to put up today, or you can make your own announcing that you are a Foursquare day participating venue. If you don’t have a regular Foursquare special, consider one, and announce it to visitors encouraging them to come back often. Be prepared to share with non Foursquare customers what Foursquare is, and how they can get involved, and your special offer. Encourage them to become fans of Foursquare Day as a resource on Facebook, and be sure to get yourself on there and throw in a shout out or two. Also, hop on Twitter and jump in on the hashtag #4sqday. Many of you also have local Foursquare Day organizers and hashtags. Here’s a good place to start looking: Foursquare Day Local Pages on Facebook.

Remember that you have tons of resources at your disposal at 4sqday.com, including history, links, FAQ, etc. Above all, remember this day is about fun and creatively bringing business to your door! Have fun with it! Make the people who check in feel special; this is your chance to make some new fans while rewarding your existing ones.

Don’t forget: There is an official badge, to shoutout at 4:16 local time today, and to try to attend a local Swarm party so you can try for the Swarm and Super Swarm badges! If you’re feeling really frisky, get involved in the Foursquare Day Challenges!

Here are some additional helpful links, (lots more on the Resources Page):

Foursquare for your Business

If you have any questions, to sign up for any updates we send out, would like to help out, become a sponsor: Sign Up Here. If you hate forms or just want to say hi, send us an e-mail at: info@4sqday.com.
Thanks for loving this idea as much as we do!

Cheers,
Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford, Jessica Barnett and the entire Foursquare Day Crew.

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You may have noticed that when you visit our nifty map at the moment, it loads well but doesn’t show any of the icons.

Foursquare Day has been overwhelmed with responses from all over the world and we simply couldn’t keep up. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we think not being able to keep up with putting everyone on the map is proof of how awesome the support (and participation!) has been. The whole words loves #4sqday!

But you should know that the list of events still works fine and is up-to-date. We are looking into the map and will have it up as soon as humanly possible.

-The Tampa Foursquare Day Crew

PS: It seems Foursquare.com itself is down at the moment. And we warned them. So we don’t feel too bad about the map. :)  (But we’ll get it back soon!)


EDIT:

Thanks to the awesomeness of Jason Keene, our map was back up in no time.

Oohing and ahhing about the 4sqday.com map at the Tampa Swarm


Woot! It is finally Foursquare Day. Time to celebrate!  And, of course, we want to get the hashtag #4sqday trending all day! It is all about getting enough people to tweet #4sqday enough on Twitter.

So that we are successful, here are some suggestions:

  • To celebrate around the world, let’s do the WAVE! Where ever you are at 4:16 pm local, stop and use foursquare to shout “Happy #4sqday!” Then if you see friends in other time zones, feel free to wave back!
  • If you going to tweet something, shout it and include #4sqday! This lets other foursquare users know and gets the hashtag on twitter.
  • Be sure to add #4sqday to all your check-ins!

We’ll be monitoring the twitter trend and will let you all know when we see #4sqday!!

Have fun!


As we posted in this post yesterday, the Foursquare Day badge is very real. However, how to unlock it remains a mystery.

Here is what we know:

  • There are some people who already have their badges
  • It only takes one zero check ins to get that badge – just a shout.
  • You are supposed to shout something foursquare related when you check from the foursquare phone app.
  • We haven’t heard reports of anyone in the US getting a badge yet. (The  badge has been activated in the US!)

The Foursquare Day Tampa Puzzle Hunt is on! Each participating puzzle piece “hunter” will need to find four unique puzzle pieces from participating businesses. Each participating business will receive only one type of the four-piece puzzle for participants to collect. Want to participate? First RSVP to the Tampa SWARM and then follow this guide to collecting puzzle pieces.

Puzzle Piece Hunter Instructions

  1. Print out this page.
  2. Visit these businesses listed below ask for a puzzle piece. Plan a route for maximum coverage!
  3. Collect 4 unique pieces to complete your puzzle.
  4. Send at least one Tweet with the #4SQDay tag.
  5. Bring your finished puzzle to the Tampa Swarm to enter to win great prizes!

Want to know what you can win?

You’ll be entered in the drawing for Foursquare Day t-shirts (sponsored by ClassB.com) and other awesome prizes!

Keep in mind…

  • No one knows what the puzzle pieces look like or which businesses have each piece. The pieces have been delivered in super-secret envelopes and even the Foursquare Day HQ team members are “in the dark”.
  • Your first puzzle piece will have more instructions to help you find the other three unique pieces.
  • Puzzle pieces at each location are limited, so don’t be too late!
  • If you don’t find all four pieces you may trade with others during the Tampa Swarm party.
  • Each Puzzle Stop is offering a special promotion for Foursquare Day. Make sure to ask about the promotions and support local businesses. Also, no businesses will give out pieces prior to the morning of Foursquare Day on Friday April 16.
  • Winners must be present at the Tampa Swarm party (with all four puzzle pieces in-hand) to win.

Need help finding those pieces?

@GITtampa and @4SQDayTampa will be dropping hints and making announcements about the “puzzle stops”. Be sure to follow them on Twitter to keep up with the game. Also, your first puzzle piece will give you more instructions to help you find all four.

If you have any question send us an e-mail.

Where can you find pieces to the Foursquare Day puzzle?

Banana’s Music

10:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/2099695
Phone: (727) 327-4616
Website: http://www.musicfinder.com/
Twitter: @bananasmusic
Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/pages/Saint-Petersburg-FL/Bananas-Music/125236352854

Location: 2226 16th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Description: To celebrate Foursquare Day we are offering a 10% discount on any purchase of $25 or more (new items not included). Show us your check-in on 4/16 to get a puzzle piece and then come back on 4/17 to help us celebrate Record Store Day, too!

Banana’s Music is the world’s largest record store with over 3 million Lp’s and 45′s available – and we’re right in Tampa Bay’s backyard! In addition to records, we also have CD’s, tapes, and videos in over 14,000 sq. feet of space in two warehouses which are across the street from one another.

Bohemian Vintage

12:01 AM — 11:59 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/2104986
Phone: (813) 443-5637
Website: http://www.bohemianvintageonline.com
Twitter: @bohemianvintage
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tampa-FL/Bohemian-Vintage/72456468195

Location: 3418 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33629

Description: $10 off any purchase over $50!

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care

10:00 AM — 6:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://Foursquare.com/venue/313571
Phone: (813) 792-0637
Website: http://brighteyestampa.com/
Twitter: @brighteyestampa
Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/brighteyestampa
More Information: http://www.brighteyesnews.com/2010/03/22/celebrate-foursquare-day-on-april-16/

Location: 10108 Montague St, Tampa, FL 33626

Description: Show your check-in on Foursquare Day April 16 and save 50% on all frames, lenses, & lens treatments.

Buffalo Wild Wings Foursquare Day Special

5:00 PM — 9:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/451839
Phone: (813) 814-9900
Website: http://www.buffalowildwings.com
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/BuffaloWildWings

Location: 4058 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, FL 34677

Description: Buffalo Wild Wings is offering $5 off $25 tab to our FourSquare participants when you check in and give us a shout out! Don’t forget to ask for your puzzle piece!

We also have our Beers of the Month, Coors Light & Heineken, for $3.50 in a TALL!

Cafe Hey

7:00 AM — 9:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://Foursquare.com/venue/405026
Phone: (813) 221-5150
Website: http://cafehey.com/
Twitter: @cafehey
Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/pages/Tampa-FL/Cafe-Hey/65035881704

Location: 1540 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602

Description: Free iced tea, or a free cookie. Also, $1 off their Super Toddy Hazelnut Iced Coffee.

Cafe Kili

10:00 AM — 10:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/1294880
Phone: (813) 988-2879
Website: http://www.cafekili.com/
Facebook Group Page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18165090815

Location: 5731 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Florida 33617

Description: Buy a sandwich get a regular coffee for free!

Dishtopia & The Anytime Tea Bar

10:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/341871
Phone: (813) 874-3474
Website: http://www.dishtopia.biz
Twitter: @dishtopia
Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/Dishtopia

Location: 3401 Henderson Blvd, Suite A, Tampa, FL 33609

Description: Specials all day long including free tea for the Mayor. Simply mention Foursquare and receive 20% off teas and foods all day long! Join us from 6:00 to 8:00 that same evening for free musical entertainment!

Inkwood Books

10:00 AM — 6:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://Foursquare.com/venue/791642
Phone: (813) 253-2638
Website: http://www.inkwoodbooks.com/
Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/pages/Tampa-FL/Inkwood-Books/78690370972

Location: 216 South Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33609

Description: 20% off any purchase!

Kaleisia Tea Lounge

10:00 AM — 10:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/218153
Phone: (813) 977-8266
Website: http://thetealounge.com
Twitter: @kaleisia
Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/tealounge

Location: 1441 E. Fletcher Ave #133, Tampa, FL 33612

Description: EVERYONE who checks in at Kaleisia on Foursquare Day gets 25% OFF, except for the mayor. The mayor gets 50% OFF!

Mojo Books & Music

10:30 AM — 8:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://Foursquare.com/venue/913877
Phone: (813) 971-9717
Website: http://www.mojotampa.com/
Twitter: @mojotampa
Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/pages/Tampa-FL/Mojo-Books-Music/68934103400

Location: 2558 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612

Description: 20% off everything!

Pet Treats A Go Go

10:30 AM — 6:30 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/2526690
Phone: (813) 258-9181
Website: http://www.wagoftampa.com
Twitter: @wagpetboutique
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tampa-FL/Wag-Pet-Boutique/56744813046

Location: 304 E Davis Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Description: 15% off of all dog and cat treats! This includes the following brands: Innova, Evo, California Natural, Zukes, Dogswell, Plato, NuHemp, Thrive!, Stella & Chewy’s, PureBites, Fruitables, Planet Dog, Mulligans Stew, Merrick and MORE!

Wag is a holistic pet boutique that offers a wide variety of all natural pet foods, treats, supplements, shampoos, innovative toys, collars, leashes and canine etiquette classes.

Stone Chase Grill

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/274110
Phone: 813-818-8000
Website: http://stonechasegrill.com

Location: 12227 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, FL 33626

Description: $5 Flats for Foursquare players

West Park Bagel

6:30 AM — 9:00 PM
Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/313576
Phone: (813) 920-9240
Website: http://westparkbagel.com
Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/westparkbagel

Location: 10112 Montague St., Tampa, FL 33602

Description: 20% off order with check in!

Why Not Boutique

10:30 AM — 6:00 AM
Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/2527094
Phone: 813-374-2394
Website: http://www.whynotboutique.com
Twitter: @whynotboutique
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/whynotboutique

Location: 3217A South MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL 33629

Description: Why Not Boutique is your one stop shop for everything green, fair trade, or made in the United States. Stop by during foursquare day and get:

$10 off your purchase over $50!!

Zim Zari

Foursquare Venue: http://foursquare.com/venue/329095
Phone: (727) 375-9755
Website: http://www.zimzari.com
Twitter: @zimzari
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1392705358

Location: 3230 Little Rd., Trinity, FL 34655

Description: $2 tacos and happy hour pricing to foursquare players all day.


This is a guest post by Sandra Farkash, a 6th Grade Math Teacher at Park Maitland School in Maitland, FL. I saw a tweet about what they were doing and asked Ms. Farkash to share. I totally love this! Why didn’t we have math teachers this cool when I was in 6th grade?!? The school even has an awesome blog. – Nate BW

At Park Maitland, we approach math in a real world manner. We want students to see how math applies to their everyday lives, and so we often incorporate current events and new technology. 4square Day provides the perfect opportunity for students to understand how math is being utilized in the latest technology trends and how it helps connect people not only in their community but across the world.

On 4/16, we will be reinforcing the concept of square numbers and giving relevance to the concept of square miles. After first, we will be calculating the circumference and area of the Earth, to tie in with Earth Day celebrations as well as the international aspect of 4square Day. We will then be using Google Earth to determine the 4 square miles around our school to bring a more local aspect to the project. Students will be voting on their 4 favorite places within the 4 square mile area and where they would most frequently “check in” and at what frequency. At the end of the day after all the classes have voted, we will determine the single favorite “check in” where I will officially do a “check in” on behalf of the sixth grade students for Park Maitland School.



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