On April 16, 2012 Entrepreneur Christopher Vandaele will become the second person in history to acquire the coveted Last Degree Badge in celebration of National 4sqDay. Vandaele will accomplish this walking on the Artic High 90° North Pole Expedition to the Geographic North Pole.
Christophe Vandaele will be using his Iridium 9555 satellite phone connected, by cable, to an HP PDA device. The device contains a piece of software called Contact 5 which will allow Vandaele to connect to Foursquare at the bare minimum level, sufficient enough to “check in.”
The badge was originally created to be unlocked, one time, only by polar adventurer, Parker Liautaud, on his expedition in 2010.
Learn more about the expedition and track Christophe Vandaele’s progress at christophevandaele.com.
if you are looking for a fitness-friendly social media network, look no further than foursquare! For whatever reason(s), foursquare has embraced the fitness community, and I am glad to see this. As an avid gym rat and fitness fanatic, it pleases me to see that foursquare has gone a bit further to support healthy living. Foursquare does this in three primary ways, mayorships, points, and badges!
As most of us know, the person who checks into a venue the most [number of days] within a [rolling] 60 days period is considered to be the mayor of that venue! If you have a few fitness fanatics who are also foursquare fanatics at your gym (like we have at my gym), you will soon find yourself in a friendly battle for the mayorship of your gym. On those days where you do not feel like going to the gym, maintaining or earning your gym’s foursquare mayorship can help boost your motivation to get off the couch and hit the gym! I know that it does for me!
Maybe not quite as cool as a mayorship, some people really like to have more points than their friends. When you go to a venue every month, every week, or every day, you have a greater chance to earn bonus points, which will help you jump up the leaderboard! So, checking into the gym more frequently will earn you additional points and possibly bragging rights.
If you love badges, foursquare has a bunch of healthy-living related badges for you to earn today. First, if you go to the gym ten times or more in a 30 day period, you earn the highly-coveted gym rat badge! If you want more badges, you are in luck. Join Health Month, link up your account with foursquare, and you can earn an additional badge each month based on the health and fitness goals that you set for yourself. If you keep track of your workouts using RunKeeper, be sure to link your profile with foursquare and earn badges for completing different cardio workouts! Lastly, if you have a fitbit, now is the time to connect it with foursquare and earn even more badges! Currently, they have two partner badges with foursquare!
I have had my Fitbit since right before Valentine’s Day! It really is a cool gadget that helps me keep track of how many steps I walk each day, and helps me figure out how many floors I have walked up and down, how many overall miles I have walked, how well I am sleeping, and how many calories I burn each day. Like I said above, they offer two foursquare badges, one for when I take 20,000 or more steps in a given day and one for when I surpass 1,000 total miles. I only found out about the fitbit because of foursquare and these badges, and I am now using this device and foursquare to help keep me motivated each day! Just yesterday and in an effort to earn my 20k badge, Elaine, Jamie, and I took their dog up to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park for about four hours of hiking up and down the mountain. When I was low on water or energy, I remembered that my goal was to surpass 20,000 steps that day, so I pushed on. It is amazing how a simple badge can motivate you.
Together, foursquare and fitbit really make a winning combination. Because of the two, I am living a highly-motivated, healthier lifestyle. The great news is that you can do the same! As we approach 4sqDay, take the time to earn some fitness badges!
A week has passed since I drove to Austin and experienced the melee of SXSW and I’m still processing everything. SXSWi was overwhelming in scope: the influx of technology, ideas and extreme time organization was mentally and physically draining. Figuring out where to go, what to do, which startup to learn more about all at the same time avoiding the downpour with a backpack increasingly becoming heaver with free t-shirts, stickers, and koozies was downright exhausting. That being said, it was heavenly and I would return in a heartbeat. I could geek out about unlocking a new badge and not embarrass the people around me. In fact, I unlocked 20 badges while in Austin. Here’s a video of 19 of them. I unlocked the Super Swarm badge retroactively at the foursquare party and didn’t realize it until later.
Some of my favorites: SXSW Virgin (my favorite design of all time), Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, and Too Cool for School. I also liked that foursquare organized it into a separate category in the badge trophy case. Alas, I didn’t unlock all the SXSW badges, but I think I put in a good effort.
Foursquare was one of my favorite tools to use at SXSW. I changed my friends list to “nearby” could see where my friends were checked in and reach out to them to meet up a later time – I found friends I didn’t even know were going to be in Austin. There were several opportunities of squarendipity. I used foursquare lists and foursquare tips to find places to eat and the best dishes. I dare-say it was the most helpful tool at for me at SXSW.
I did try out some of the other hyped location-based services debuting at SXSWi, but found the constant notifications annoying and a drain on my phone battery and disabled them after the first day. Perhaps it’s just me, but I may be too introverted to use shared social graph features to introduce myself to strangers. I felt uneasy about it – and if a progressive LBS user is a tad resistant about that level of connectivity, perhaps these apps miss the mark somehow. I did get to respond to Localmind inquiries for the first time and felt useful in that sense. So, not a complete wash! On a sadder note, I saw my first “Highlight Us!” Gowalla cling on the day they closed down.
I’m already wanting to prepare myself for SXSWi 2013; nerd spring break is going to become an annual tradition.
We are happy to announce that foursquare has released the 2012 #4sqDay badge, art design and t-shirt. We’re super proud to unveil the new #4sqDay 2012 logo and confirm that users will be able to unlock a 4sqDay badge by checking in on April 16th, 2012! We have exactly one month until #4sqDay, and so many communities have a lot of awesome events planned.
This year, we are also bringing back the friendly competition on Meetup. If you are a community leader, be sure to sign up your city on Meetup and start getting those RSVPs. You can check the leader board here. At the time of this post, Seoul is leading the world with the most people committed to #4sqDay. Last year, of the top 10 cities with the most RSVPs, 7 were International.
Of course, these types of things don’t just happen overnight! Our hats are off to foursquare for their amazing efforts and for showing such tremendous support to the foursquare community. It’s amazing what we can all accomplish together and we’re proud to be part of this community!
- Find your community on Meetup and RSVP
- Check the Worldwide Meetup Leader Board and see if you are winning
- If you are not winning, promote your city and event (if you are winning, keep it up)
- Get your Mayor to Proclaim April 16th as #4sqDay (not sure how?)
- Tweet us @4sqDay that you are going to a #4sqDay event
- Buy the #4sqDay 2012 t-shirt (not yet available)
Hi folks! It’s Carnaval (“Carnival”) here!
The biggest festival of Brazil and maybe the biggest one of the world is happening now and, of course, foursquare wouldn’t forget this!
We got everyday 3 extra points on check-ins (anywhere!) because of the date. It’s really nice to earn extra points in traditional festivities what means foursquare valorize and care about our traditions! No other social network worries about it! Points for 4sq!
But I have to complain! There isn’t a badge for Brazilian Carnival and there is one for Mardi Gras! Ok, it’s a nice party, but there are people never listened about it and Carnival is one of the most known festivals around the world! We deserve a badge! 4sq guys, remember us next year, ok? ;)
And now, let’s party! Good points for you!
PS: Here is a nice list to follow “Carnaval” in Brazil https://pt.foursquare.com/penocarnaval
Despite of the recent bad news about the man suffering a heart attack while eating the “Triple Bypass Burger” at the Heart Attack Grill, I must write about The Flame Broiled badge from foursquare. Released mid-January 2012, it is a new expertise badge for checking into burger joints. I had been awaiting the arrival of a burger badge forever and was over the moon when it finally arrived. I just happen to live in the city Travel + Leisure named number 1 on their list of America’s Best Burger Cities. I’d like to introduce you to my very own burger, The Queso Queen, which won a create-your-own-burger contest last year.
Some very good foursquare burger lists for you to follow:
- Best New Burgers in NYC
- Dens’ Best Burgers
- Thrillist’s Burger Lists (for DC, SEA, SD, PDX, Philly, SEA, MIA, LON, ATL, DAL, DEN, BOS, LA, SF, CHI, NYC)
- Birmingham, AL’s Best Burgers
- Burgers To Do (US-wide)
- Best Burgers in Istanbul
- Atlanta Burgers FTW
- and… Best Burgers in the Bayou City
Do we have any level 10 Flame Broiled badge owners in the house? If you have a burger list to add, let me know!
As you’ve likely heard by now, foursquare is teaming up with the White House’s tourism initiative and awarding THREE cities in the United States with a foursquare badge. It’s a great cross-promotion with foursquare’s list feature – we now have a burst of crowd-sourced lists from sea to shining sea! This contest is a smart way for foursquare to encourage list-making (and following) behavior as well as a reminder that foursquare is an extremely useful tourism tool. Quite the methodical list maker myself, I jumped at the chance to make lists for cities I love. As a former city brand marketer, it warms my heart to see official tourism bureaus promote their #visitUS lists too! Kudos! And if you’re outside the USA, don’t be jealous, your contest is coming. Some unapologetic self-pimpage:
There is still time to make a foursquare list! If you haven’t made a list, at the very least support cities large and small that you’d like to see win a badge by following and sharing a list. Here’s an incomplete list of cities I’ve found. UPDATE: AboutFoursquare has quite a complete list now. Feel free to comment with your link and I’ll add the city to the list:
You have until tomorrow to throw your support behind one or more of these. Get on it!