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Three reasons to add friends on Geocaching.com

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Geocaching friends are handy for lots of reasons—they offer a second pair of eyes looking for the cache, they can distract any muggles nearby, or maybe they brought that special tool of the trade! The list goes on! It’s easy to see the benefits of geocaching friends when you’re out in the field, but here are three reasons why friends are great to have on Geocaching.com.

  1. See what your geocaching friends are up to right from your Dashboard. 
    Once you’ve added friends on Geocaching.com you can choose to have their geocaching activity shown in the newsfeed on your Dashboard. View their recent finds, logs, and photos.
  2. Stay motivated with your Leaderboard.
    Your Leaderboard shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. If you log a cache, or attend an event you collect points, displayed at the top of the page. Easily access your Leaderboard from your Dashboard.
  3. Know which friends have found a cache.
    The logbook on a cache details page on Geocaching.com allows you to see if your geocaching friends have found that geocache. Click “View Logbook” just above the logs on cache details and easily view all logs, your logs, or your friends’ logs for that cache. Use the Logbook to get an idea of who you can call if you need to phone-a-friend on a tricky cache!

 

Bonus: Tag your friends in your logs
When logging a cache on the website, hit the @ key and a list of your Geocaching.com friends will appear. Choose the friend you wish to tag. Submit your log. The tagged friend(s) will receive an email notification that they’ve been tagged in a Geocaching.com log.

Ready to start friending? Here’s how!
Visit your Dashboard and select View friends. Add their username below Add a Friend and select Send Invitation. Once your friend has accepted your friend request, they will be added to your friend list!

What’s your favorite part about having geocaching friends? Share in the comments below!

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I never think about The Leaderboard unless it's mentioned in the newsletter. I am not even slightly motivated by it.

 

I keep meaning to check out the feature above View Logbook to see which of my friends has found that cache.

 

Edit: Update: I like that feature.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Max and 99 said:

I never think about The Leaderboard unless it's mentioned in the newsletter. I am not even slightly motivated by it.

 

I only look during promotions, mostly to see how I'm doing - but seeing others ahead or behind me is a little fun and motivating.

 

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Rather than trying to turn Geocaching.com into a social network, I just wish they would fix a few of the problems that have been listed in the Bugs forum.

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18 minutes ago, Max and 99 said:

I never think about The Leaderboard unless it's mentioned in the newsletter. I am not even slightly motivated by it.

I keep meaning to check out the feature above View Logbook to see which of my friends has found that cache.

Edit: Update: I like that feature.

 

That's one of the things I got rid of first.  For a couple years we didn't notice that one "friend" was still on that list.     :)

They laughed when I said they were "my only friend in the world...".  :D

We have real friends.  We know what our friends are doing, and they the same.  We don't need a "leaderboard".

A couple promotions ago (mary hyde IIRC...) , we had people in other states asking to be "our friend".

We know we're not alone, and I'd hope that many would realize after that, that in some cases "friends" is just similar to social sites.

Not the same as a real friend who'd help you, or you'd help in a bind.   ;)

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4 hours ago, Max and 99 said:

I keep meaning to check out the feature above View Logbook to see which of my friends has found that cache.

 

Edit: Update: I like that feature.

 

Me too.  When I’m planning a trip, I like to read through past logs on interesting caches, and it’s nice to be able to pick out the logs from your mates.  (Useful if you need to PAF too!)

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I was a little disappointed when the Friends List was renamed "Leaderboard".  While it always offered the opportunity to compare/compete, changing the name (I think) placed more emphasis on that aspect.  I never used it for that.  I started up the Friends List in anticipation of the Mary Hyde challenge.  About 10 cachers who I met at a start-up event for that challenge, all much more experienced, and located 30-60 miles away. (There just weren't any located closer than that.)  I did - and still do - enjoy seeing the logs that crop up in my "Community" feed.  Many times I've seen a log on a cache that sounds interesting, and probably wouldn't have known about it otherwise.  I didn't realize there was also the particular cache log filter, but since most of them leave very informative logs, I'll be using it ... just in case I hadn't already seen the logs in the feed. 

 

It's pretty rare that my Friends haven't already found a cache I'm hunting, so filtering the cache logs for a cache in anticipation of needing a nudge wouldn't really be necessary for me.  I've never used the PAF option (prefer to fail all on my own), but I guess it would be good to know ... just in case.

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Unfortunately, my schedule is too unpredictable to take advantage of the "caching with friends" aspect mentioned in the OP.  Sounds like it could be fun ... for me, anyways.  They might quickly tire of my bumbling about.  So I have a pretty extensive and ever-expanding TOTT collection. 🙂

 

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37 minutes ago, caughtatwork said:

The leaderboard has almost nothing for me except links to sites like these.

https://www.instagram.com/bettycampbell_19879htv/

https://www.instagram.com/carollopez_19772flj/

Not sure why your site is pimping pornography to me at work, but I can tell you it's not appreciated.

 

Um, yes. "Join the adventure with #geocaching" has taken on a whole new meaning it seems. I wonder why it was deemed necessary to tack that irrelevent social media feed to the bottom of the leader board.

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On 7/30/2019 at 8:24 PM, Max and 99 said:
  1. See what your geocaching friends are up to right from your Dashboard. 
    Once you’ve added friends on Geocaching.com you can choose to have their geocaching activity shown in the newsfeed on your Dashboard. View their recent finds, logs, and photos.
  2. Stay motivated with your Leaderboard.
    Your Leaderboard shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. If you log a cache, or attend an event you collect points, displayed at the top of the page. Easily access your Leaderboard from your Dashboard.
  3. Know which friends have found a cache.
    The logbook on a cache details page on Geocaching.com allows you to see if your geocaching friends have found that geocache. Click “View Logbook” just above the logs on cache details and easily view all logs, your logs, or your friends’ logs for that cache. Use the Logbook to get an idea of who you can call if you need to phone-a-friend on a tricky cache!

1.  I enjoy this aspect.  No, I'm not stalking my friends, but it is fun to see what caches they have found on any given day when I log in to my dashboard.

2.  I rarely look at the leaderboard; I did today after the most recent posts on this thread.  MOST of the links at the bottom of the page were legit, but I did see a couple questionable ones that really had nothing to do with geocaching, except for the # added to their instagram photo.

3.  I've used the Friend's logs tab to see which have found a particular cache, and how long ago they found it.

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17 hours ago, caughtatwork said:

The leaderboard has almost nothing for me except links to sites like these.

https://www.instagram.com/bettycampbell_19879htv/

https://www.instagram.com/carollopez_19772flj/

Not sure why your site is pimping pornography to me at work, but I can tell you it's not appreciated.

How nice that your boss let's you check your leaderboard while at work. 

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