Foursquare Day 2012 has come and gone, and it was great to gather with fellow foursquare users in my community (and virtually with fans around the world) in celebration of a great 4sqDay! As I mentioned right before the 4sqDay holiday, I had a few goals planned for that day. Of course, I was planning to check-in everywhere I went, celebrate at the local 4sqDay event in Kennesaw, and represented my local foursquare community by receiving the proclamation from the mayor! However, there was one goal I fell short on, and that was regarding my foursquare tip goal. To celebrate the third annual 4sqDay, I planned to leave 416 tips. While I manually added over 104 (25% of the 416) before mid-morning, my schedule did not permit me to add many during the early afternoon hours, so I was left with racing to finish adding 416 tip in the few hours (during the weekly #4sqCHAT) after our local event! After all was said and done, I drifted to sleep at the computer with mouse in hand; I had only left 221 tips in total. While I added a great amount of tips, I fell short of my goal, so I will have to wait until 4sqDay 2013 to attempt this feat once again.
However, there are a few discoveries that I found along the way. In order to better capture those tips that I left on April 16, 2012, I created a foursquare list for all follow along! Once I added (and listed) my 200th tip, the foursquare platform would not allow me to add anymore tips to the list, so I was left with having to create yet another list. If I would have reached my goal of 416 tips, I actually would have had to create yet another list – three in total. Overall, I found this to create some confusion for those trying to follow along. At the time of this post, I had 17 followers of the first list and only a few on the second list. For 2013, I am hopeful that foursquare will reassess the list cap and potentially bump it up to 416 (since that is a foursquare-friendly number)! Time will tell! Being a numbers kind of guy, I realize that I need to average just over 17 tips per hour for 24 straight hours. Obviously, I could preplan many of the tips, but there is not an automated tip posting system or app that I am currently aware of, so I will still have to manually search for each venue before adding the tip. Maybe, I should create a list or two ahead of time of the places that I want to leave tips for; that would certainly speed up the process a little bit. I’d love to get your thoughts on how I can better achieve this 4sqDay goal next year, and I encourage you to add lots of tips and photos whenever you can!