Newsletter #291

Newsletter #291 - November 4, 2015

Your ActiveCaptain Identity

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From the beginning, we've taken boater privacy very seriously. We protect your email address and personal information when you write reviews and comments about marinas, anchorages, and hazards. You decide whether your captain name reveals who you are or keeps you private. For example, there are 4 differently spelled Captain Kangaroo's in ActiveCaptain (and yes, there's a Captain Green Jeans too). Only we know how to contact each captain as required in the terms of use.

Over the last couple of years, we've been building a new capability centered around a more expanded identity. You can now have an electronic boat card - one that provides some public information and additional private information, while giving you total control over who can see the private items.

Usage has been growing quickly. Today we have about a quarter million ActiveCaptain users and 45,000 electronic boat card users. We saw critical mass happened at about 40,000, when the Locations app began showing users throughout common boating regions.

Your feedback tells us that we need to better integrate these capabilities. So we've been feverishly working on combining and into a single ActiveCaptain website. This results in an expanded ActiveCaptain identity but without losing the existing features you now enjoy.

Here's how it will work when the websites merge.

Your identity will be comprised of two parts:

- Your public review ID
This is your existing ActiveCaptain captain name. All of the reviews and comments you write including the new Services categories will show your public review ID. Your public review ID is made up of your captain name, home port, and the number of points you have earned.

- Your electronic boat card
This is your full identity. There are a few public parts to it: boat name, hailing port, flag, owner's names, and a photo. There is also private information, such as the make/model of your boat, captain information, the groups you've joined, boat details, friends, current location, and many other items.

Only your friends can access the private parts of your electronic boat card and you must approve each friend. One new private item in your identity will be your public review ID. This allows friends to know which reviews and comments you wrote. Non-friends will only see your public review ID and won't be able to link that to your electronic boat card.

Allowing your friends to make the connection between your public review ID and your identity provides excellent benefits. It'll allow you to sort a long list of reviews for a particular destination by showing your friend's reviews first. You'll be able to pick a friend and see the places they've reviewed.

The key to this expanded identity model is that you have to carefully pick your friends. This shouldn't be like Facebook where everyone is a friend until they post something you don't like! Instead, limit friends to the boaters you really know and have met. You'll get the best utility from all of this moving forward by using that rule.

The eBC ID is something new worth mentioning too. It's a single ID made up of only letters and numbers with no spaces. Upper/lower case doesn't matter. Your eBC ID will be a quick link to your electronic boat card giving others a fast way to find you. Our eBC ID will be "aCa" for aCappella (and ActiveCaptain). When the websites are combined, you'll be able to access our electronic boat card with:

There will also be an eBC ID search on the new home page to quickly go to an electronic boat card by the ID. This will make it easy for you to tell others how to get to your card quickly.

There are a lot more changes coming. But don't worry, we're going to help you learn about them to make your boating more fun!

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Dylan and Dee Dee have been enjoying their time here at Hinckley Yacht Services in Savannah. They walked the trails at Fort Pulaski, toured the famous Bonaventure Cemetery, and have been taking daily trips to the dog park. Add in the daily coo's and pats they get from the staff and other boaters and they just might settle in here for good. Find out how Dylan and Dee Dee are spending their days by checking out their blog:

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Newsletter Archive
We are currently merging the different ActiveCaptain websites into a single website.

Because of this, all later newsletters are being only put onto the ActiveCaptain Help Center found here:
ActiveCaptain Help Center : Newsletters

Older newsletters will be duplicated here until these pages are removed.

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