Stay Connected: Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does sQuidd.io help me stay connected?
Q. How do I share my position with friends on the Follow List?
There a are multiple ways to do this:
Q. I own a SPOT Tracker device. Can I use it to share my position with the sQuidd.io Follow List?
Yes. Just follow these easy steps:
☞ Track updates do not propagate to sQuiddio instantaneously. Several minutes may elapse between the time your SPOT update is sent to the satellite network and when it shows up in sQuidd.io or OpenCPN.
Q. How do I obtain my SPOT Tracker GlId?
Q. I own an AIS transponder. How do I use it to share my position on sQuiddio?
If you own an AIS transponder (note: a simple AIS receiver will not do the job!), you can make your position available to other sQuiddio users, assuming the system is operating properly and provided you are in the coverage area, by entering your MMSI identifier in your boat profile.
Q. What is an AIS system?
The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and AIS Base stations. While originally intended for large cargo and passenger ships, low-cost AIS transponders are becoming more affordable and are increasingly popular among pleasure boaters.
Q. What is the Follow List?
It is the list of other sQuidd.io members who have agreed to share their logs with you, and whom you have allowed to view your logs. You can invite friends using email or, if you have sailing Facebook friends, send them invites. To manage your Follow-list, log into sQuidd.io, go to the Dashboard and click on the Update Follow List button in the You are following section.
Q. How often do you report a user's position?
As often as the user decides to report his/her position. As a default, each log post is manual so it is entirely up to the discretion of the user when to send your position updates. If you use our OpenCPN plugin you can set the reporting period from ten seconds to once a day.
Q. How do you post a position update using your iPhone, Android or other GPS-enabled phone?
Well, truth is....there is NOT an app for that! The sQuidd.io site renders in a mobile-friendly way automatically, using HTML5.
(You may want to save the URL to your phone's home page, for future use)
Simply point your mobile device's browser to
(there is a link in the Dashboard and at the bottom of the home page as well).
You will be asked for your sQuidd.io credentials to log in. Once logged-in, you will be prompted to share your location's latitude and longitude. If your browser is Html-5 capable and your GPS is enabled, your current coordinates will appear on the screen. You can add a brief message, which will also be displayed on your sQuidd.io profile. Simply tap on the send position button to post your position and your status message on sQuidd.io. If you logged into sQuidd.io using your account, you will also be given the option to post your position and status on your wall.
Q. What happens when you have no cell coverage?
If you are out of cell phone coverage but have access to a satellite phone, you can send a GeoSMS message to communicate your present position.
Q. What is a GeoSMS message?
It is an SMS message that includes your latitude and longitude in a machine recognizable format. Simply put, it is a message that contains the special keyword 'geo:' anywhere in the text, immediately followed by your coordinates. Coordinates must be specified in decimal format, separated by a comma (preceded by the - (minus) sign for latitudes west of Greewnwich and longitudes south of the equator). sQuidd.io simply scans the text of your message looking for the
and displays your position on your friends' maps at the next refresh. For example, the message:
currently at geo:17.345,-66.234, winds from the NE at 15 kts. All is well.
will place you at coordinates 17.345N, 66.234W, somewhere in the Caribbeans.
Q. How do you post a position update using your satellite phone?
Most satellite phones are capable of sending SMS messages. Simply add your satellite phone number to your user profile and send an SMS
message containing your GeoSMS-tagged coordinates, and any other textual information you want your friends to see. If you are a
user, you can choose to have your update automatically posted to your wall. Send the message to the number:
+1 (650) 458-0290
☞ IMPORTANT. This service is currently in beta, and is available free of charge to all sQuidd.io registered users with a limit of 90 SMS messages per month. Options for purchasing additional capacity may be made available at the end of the beta period.
Q. How do you post a position update using email?
Just send a GeoEmail to this address (or cc the address on an email to others):
(Never mind the strange email address: it's for historical reasons). What's a GeoEmail? Well, you guessed it: an email message with your coordinates either in the subject header or in the body of the message, preceded by the geo: tag, just like in the GeoSMS message explained above. For example:
Subject: Oh no! Another position update!
Body: Sailing in paradise! Currently at geo:39.22, 7.352
is a valid email message, and will place you at coordinates: 38.22N, 7.3524E
☞ IMPORTANT: the email message must be sent from the same email address you have used to sign up to sQuidd.io
Q. Can I show my position map on my blog or web page?
Yes. You can include an html iframe showing the same map you see in the "Your Log Posts" section of the Dashboard.