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Here at Foursquare Day HQ, we are all about the grass-roots community. So when Walter Elly of MicroArts suggested a South by Southwest panel about Foursquare Day and the foursquare community, we were glad to support him and help spread the message. Below is his guests post about it. Thanks for reading and thanks for voting!

South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the largest music, film and interactive conferences in the world and it takes place every March in Austin, Texas. Foursquare launched at SXSW in 2009 and now it’s time to bring Foursquare Day to SXSW in 2011!

We developed a Foursquare Day panel for South by Southwest that’s up for a vote by the public in order to judge interest in the panel. We could use your help and show of support in order to get our panel approved by the SXSW staff and advisory board. All you have to do is vote if you like the idea! Even if you aren’t planning to attend SXSW we’d appreciate your vote in support of Foursquare Day! Vote here!

Here’s the details on the panel:

Foursquare Day: Realizing the Location-Based Services Revolution

Location-based services are here and are revolutionizing the way people experience the world. Events like Foursquare Day 2010 fueled the growth of this revolution, but we haven’t fully realized the future of what location-based services have to offer. See what the future holds for location-based services. Examine how Foursquare Day went from idea to grassroots international movement in 1 month and what its effects were on the growth of location-based services. Learn how to supercharge the growth of location-based services and realize their future by bringing Foursquare Day to your town or city on 4/16/11, Foursquare Day 2011.

How to Vote:

1. Go to http://panelpicker.sxsw.com

2. Click “Create an account” at the top of the page. (You are required to create an account in order to vote or comment on sessions.)

3. They will send you a confirmation email, check your email and click the link to confirm your account.

4. Go to our panel’s voting page

6. Vote by clicking on the thumbs up icon.

Voting closes August 27th, so if you like the Foursquare Day panel idea, vote now and spread the word on Twitter by tweeting this post and using hashtag #4sqdaySXSW.

Thanks for your support!


Foursquare friends, I’m glad to report that as a holiday, Foursquare Day has finally arrived! Certainly, being added to the Wikipedia Unofficial Observances page was nice, but that was not nearly as legitimizing as what happened today!

What happened? Well in a nutshell, Time NewsFeeed feels that Foursquare Day is a big enough holiday to deem “lame.” Check it out here.

Of course, it would be possible for us to be indignant – angry, even – at being called lame. It would also be possible to take the snide, “Time is so out of  touch that we wouldn’t want to be considered cool by them” attitude. Or even, “Time just included the ultra popular Foursquare Day in the mix to try to drive traffic because, let’s face it, no one really reads Time anyway.” But we are” glasses-half-full” kind of folks, so we won’t got there.

Instead, let’s take a look at the positive things that Time has to say:

  • “Social media darling-of-the-moment Foursquare”
  • “Does it really need a cutesy holiday too? Apparently so.”
  • “On April 16….  thousands came together…..”
  • “to celebrate by “checking in” to local locations through the Foursquare service.”
  • “… this homegrown affection is part of the reason the service is so popular.”
  • “Foursquare now has north of two million members.”
So if the worst that Time can say is that Foursquare Day is “hokey,” then we are totally OK with that. Seriously. As we enjoy an extended break before gearing up for Foursquare Day 2011, it is nice to get a reminder of how awesome – and impactful – the first Foursquare Day was.
If you have some ideas for #4sqday 2011, feel to tweet us at @4sqday and let us know what you are up to. We love good ideas!!


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