LakeWire Frequently Asked Questions

LakeWire Basics

Usernames, Usertags, Passwords, and Email

Posting messages on LakeWire

User Profiles

Home Page Features

The Power of Following

General Questions

LakeWire Basics

What is LakeWire all about?

LakeWire is a Real-Time Sport Fishing Network where anglers share ideas, information, and insight on and off the water. Users collaborate in an open way by posting messages to lake wires and engaging in conversations with other anglers and members of the Sport Fishing Industry. Users can monitor lake wires, contribute to conversations, learn from better and more experienced fishermen, and build their reputation within the community.

LakeWire is a transparent social network and focuses exclusively on sport fishing. It's technology and staff work to filter out unrelated messages and SPAM, ensuring that the resulting content contains valuable information and discussions that are relevant to the sport fishing industry.

The LakeWire service takes sport fishing related data and structures it by lake, region, user, reputation, etc. Interactive maps and detailed weather forecasts are integrated throughout the entire service. Users can easily follow individual lakes, specific contributors or users, and access important news across the Internet based on their preferences and contributions within the community.

What is a message?

Users collaborate with the community by posting short messages that contain ideas, information, facts, questions, answers, tips, techniques, links to articles, etc. Messages may contain up to 140 characters of text, and include:

  • Normal Text
  • Laketags (e.g. #TXAUST)
  • Usertags (e.g. @fishking)
  • Links to other website articles, fishing forums, fishing blogs, etc.

LakeWire users can create visually compelling messages by attaching one or more of the following items:

  • An image or photograph
  • A water temperature tag
  • A water clarity tag
  • A fishing report link, i.e. a link to a fishing report in a fishing forum or fishing blog on the Internet

What is a message wire?

Members of the LakeWire community share ideas in the form of messages that get posted to a wire. Users posts all kinds of messages every day, so there is a continuous flow of messages across the wire.

The content of the message text dictates where the message can be seen. There are many types of message wires. For example:

  • Lake Wire: Each lake has its own lake wire. Users post messages to a lake wire by including it's corresponding laketag (e.g. #TXAUST) in the message text.
  • Incoming Wire (Inbox): Each user has his or her own incoming wire which is referred to an Inbox. In a sense, users make themselves available to community via their Inbox. All messages that contain a user mention or usertag (e.g. @fishking) will appear in the corresponding user's Inbox.
  • Outgoing Wire (User Profile):Every message sent by a user regardless of the content is posted to his User Profile page. In fact, the User Profile page contains a historical record of every message posted by the user in chronological order. You should think of your profile page like your sent box. Since LakeWire is a transparent network, all messages sent by a specific user can be seen by the entire community. How? By visiting the user's profile page.
  • Conversation Wire: Members of the community interact with each other and collaborate on interesting ideas. This is done by replying to a message. A conversation is created upon the first reply, and other users can join the conversation at any time. A conversation wire consists of the initial message and all replies, and can be viewed in its entirety by clicking the orange wire icon in a message. Users can add to the conversation, and reply to specific messages in the conversation while viewing the conversation wire.
  • All Lakes Wire: Every message posted to every lake wire is displayed in the All Lakes Wire - which is the default wire displayed in your Home Page.
  • Users I Follow Wire: All messages posted by every user you follow are displayed in this wire, and it is accessed on your Home Page.
  • Lakes I Follow Wire: All messages posted to every lake you follow are displayed in this wire, which is accessible on your Home Page.
  • Users and Lakes I Follow Wire: This wire displays all messages posted in the lake wires you follow and by the users you follow. It is also accessible in your Home Page.

What is a lake wire?

Users share ideas and information about a specific lake by including its laketag in the message text. Users can monitor community interactions and participate in discussions relative to a specific lake by viewing the corresponding lake wire. There are many ways to access a lake wire:

  • A list of the most active lake wires is displayed in the black header of each page for easy access. Hover on a laketag to see the lake name, and click on a laketag to access the lake wire.
  • Laketags are displayed as links in each message and throughout the LakeWire service. Click on any laketag to access the corresponding lake wire.
  • Users can search for a lake using the search bar in the blue header. Type a few characters of the lake name and press the search button. Then click on the appropriate lake within the search results.
  • Recently viewed lakes are shown on the left side of the screen. Click on a recently viewed lake to access the corresponding lake wire.

What is a laketag?

LakeWire has a database of over 7,000 lakes in the U.S. A laketag is a unique, six character abbreviation for a specific lake. The first two characters of a laketag represent the state abbreviation, and the last four characters are an abbreviation for the lake name. Laketags are prepended with a hashtag (#). For example, the laketag for Lake Austin in Texas is #TXAUST.

Why are laketags important?

Laketags provide a short and easy way for Users to reference a Lake when sharing a message. More specifically:

  • Any message that contains a valid laketag will be displayed in the corresponding lake wire.
  • Messages that contain multiple laketags will be displayed in multiple lake wires.
  • Users can click on any laketag within a message to view the corresponding lake wire.

Usernames, Usertags, Passwords, and Email

Why is my username important?

Your username is your handle and a significant part of your identity on LakeWire. Other people will reference you by your username when they share messages and read the messages you share. A good username has the following attributes:

  • Less is More: The shorter the better in order to conserve space in messages for idea expression.
  • Memorable: Users who have memorable usernames tend to stay top of mind.
  • Image: Your username is a reflection of who you are. If you are well known in the sport fishing industry, you may want to use your real name, nickname, or other personal brand identifier.
  • Staying Power: Things change over time, so pick a username you can be happy with for a long time.

What is a usertag or user mention?

The author of a message can mention other users in the message text by prepending @ to their usernames. @username is referred to as a user mention or usertag. Usertags are very useful for the following reasons:

  • Any message that contains a valid usertag will be displayed in the corresponding user's Inbox.
  • Messages that contain multiple usertags will be displayed in multiple user Inboxes.
  • Users can click on any usertag within a message to view the corresponding user profile.
  • Usertags uniquely identify a user, and are short (16 characters or less). Hence Usertags conserve space in the message text and provide more space for the author to express an idea.

Can I change my username?

No - choose your username carefully. Your username is tied to your email address, and you are only allowed to create one LakeWire account.

How do I change my password?

To change your password, go to Settings and select the 'Change My Password' option. Settings can be accessed at top right of the blue header by clicking on the carat beside your username, or by clicking on the 'Edit Profile' link in your Home Page.

I forgot my password - what do I do?

Your password is encrypted before it is stored in the LakeWire database, so LakeWire employees have no way of knowing what it is. To reset your password, click here, enter your email address, and you will be sent an email with instructions on how to reset your password.

I didn't receive a verification email - why not?

When a user signs up for the LakeWire service, a verification email is sent instantly. This email contains a link, that when clicked confirms your email address. In most cases, users receive this email very quickly. However, if you cannot find this email, consider the following:

  • Check your spam, junk, or bulk folder. This is the number one reason emails cannot be found. To ensure you receive future emails from LakeWire, be sure to mark this email as 'not junk' or 'not spam', and move the email to your inbox.
  • Depending on your email service provider, it could take up to 15 minutes to arrive.
  • Check your Notification Preferences page in Settings to ensure you entered the correct email address. If not simply change it, and LakeWire will send the verification email to your correct address.
  • Remember that verification email links expire after 24 hours. If your link no longer works, simply click the 'verify your email' link at the top of most pages and LakeWire will send you a new and valid link.

Posting messages on LakeWire

How do I send a message to another person?

Sending a message to another user is easy - just include his or her usertag (@username) in the message text. Your message will appear in this user's Inbox.

Can I send a user a private message?

LakeWire does not currently support private messages. All communication and messages are public and can be viewed by registered users or guests.

Why are URL's changed to

LakeWire owns the domain, and automatically shortens all links included in messages in order to conserve space. Messages are limited to 140 characters, and our link shortening service provides the following benefits:

  • Shorter links give users more space to express their ideas.
  • Short links are created only once. When multiple users share the same link, the existing short link is used.
  • When a user clicks a short link in a message, he is transferred to the appropriate website or video sharing service. And of course, the original long URL is displayed in the browser bar as normal.

How do I attach an image or photograph to a message?

If you see a blue paperclip icon in a message box, then you may attach an image by clicking the paperclip. At that point, choose a file to upload or if you are using a mobile device like a tablet or phone you can take and use a picture. Remember that:

  • LakeWire only accepts png, jpg, and gif files.
  • The maximum size of an image that can uploaded and attached to a message is 2 MB.
  • The maximum size of an avatar that can be uploaded to your user profile is 700 KB.

Can I attach a video to a message?

Yes - as a link within the message text itself. LakeWire does not allow users to upload videos because most people prefer to share their videos on sites like YouTube. To include a video in a message, simply cut and paste the URL into the message box. LakeWire will automatically convert the long URL to a short link in order to conserve space in the message for idea expression. Once your message is shared, and another user clicks the short link, your video will play and your original URL will display in the browser bar.

How do I include a link to another website in a message?

To insert a link into a message, simply paste the URL into the message box. LakeWire can handle very long URLs, and will convert them to short links in order to conserve space in the message text for idea expression. Links must conform to the Internet standard and begin with 'http://'.

Can I create my own hashtags in a message?

No - LakeWire only recognizes valid laketags (e.g. #TXAUST) as defined in the service. All other hashtags are rendered as normal text in a message.

User Profiles

What's in my user profile?

Your user profile is your identity on LakeWire. It contains personal information, like your name, the date you joined, and other information you choose to make available like your bio, fishing preferences, home location, and a link to your website.

Your profile also contains every message you've ever sent on LakeWire. Think of it as your sent box, or outgoing wire.

How do I edit my profile?

Instant access to your Settings page is provided at the top right of the blue header. Simply hover over your username, and a pull down menu with the Settings option will appear. Otherwise, you can click the 'Edit Profile' button in your Home Page.

How do I view another user's profile?

LakeWire makes it easy to access any user's profile in just one click:

  • Avatars: Click on any avatar.
  • Usernames: Click on any username (e.g. fishking).
  • Usertags: Click on any usertag (e.g. @fishking).
  • Search: Enter part of the user's name or username in the search bar in the blue header, and click on the appropriate search result.

Why are social statistics important?

Your social statistics are a reflection of your activity and contributions within the LakeWire community. Social statistics are interesting, because they provide insight into:

  • How active a user is in the community. This is one measure of how willing the user is to share and collaborate with the community.
  • How many messages a user has posted, and of those how many have turned into conversations.
  • Likes received relative to the number of messages posted indicates how often a user's message or reply adds value.
  • Likes given indicates the willingness of a user to recognize other member contributions by liking their messages.
  • How many followers does the user have? Many people believe this is the best statistic to evaluate community interest in topics shared and discussed by a user.

Collectively, social statistics are an interesting measure to consider when determining if a user is worth following or not!

Why can other users see all of the messages I've shared?

LakeWire is a transparent network, meaning every message shared is public and can be viewed by the entire community. Users learn from other members of the community, and often explore other user profiles to see what tips, tricks, techniques, and other valuable information a user has shared. Analyzing historical messages is an excellent way to learn quickly, and determine if a particular user is worth following.

Home Page Features

What are the Wire Selection Options?

Every user has five distinct message wires on his or her Home Page. Click on an option in the 'Wire Selection Options' menu and the corresponding message wire will be displayed. The name of the message wire currently being viewed is always displayed at the top wire. The five wires are:

  • All Lakes: The 'All Lakes' wire is displayed by default on your Home Page, and you will see it highlighted in bold letters at the top of the message wire. It contains every message posted to every lake wire on the system. It's a good general wire to peruse to see what's happening in lakes across the country.
  • Lakes I Follow: The 'Lakes I Follow' wire consists of every message posted to every lake that you follow. The idea is to follow lakes that you fish (and even some that you don't) to stay on top of water temperature reports, water clarity reports, fishing reports, current lake conditions, patterns that are working (and those that are not), etc. The anglers posting messages to these lakes fish these lakes, so the 'Lakes I Follow' wire provides instant access to these anglers! Have a question or need help? Then post a message to the appropriate lake wire(s) or send a user a direct message.
  • Users I Follow: This wire contains every message shared by every user that you are following. The idea is to follow users that routinely post messages that contain valuable information so that you can learn faster. The 'Users I Follow' wire filters out these high value messages from lake wires and personal conversations, and displays them in this single view for your analysis. If you see something interesting - join the conversation!
  • Users and Lakes I Follow: This wire is a combination of the 'Users I Follow' and 'Lakes I Follow' wires. It provides a single view into all messages posted to the lakes you follow and by the users you follow. It's a great high-level filter that enables you to stay on top of the users and lakes you care about.
  • Inbox: Each user has his or her own incoming wire, which is referred to an Inbox. In a sense, users make themselves available to community via their Inbox. All messages that contain a user mention or usertag (e.g. @fishking) will appear in the corresponding user's Inbox.

How do I manage the list of users and lakes I follow?

At the bottom of the 'Message Wire Options' menu, you will see two additional options:

  • Manage Users I Follow: Click on this option, and the lakes you follow (if any) will be displayed in the center portion of the screen. Hover on the 'Following' button, and it toggles to 'Unfollow'. Click 'Unfollow' to stop following a user.
  • Manage Lakes I Follow: Click on this option, and the users you follow (if any) are displayed. Hover on the 'Following' button and click 'Unfollow' to stop following a lake.
  • Note: There are many ways to stop following users and lakes. Any time you are viewing a lake wire or a user profile, you may hover on the 'Following' button and click 'Unfollow' to stop following.

What is my Inbox and how does it work?

Your Inbox is your incoming message wire, and consists of every message shared on LakeWire that contains your usertag (@username). More specifically, other users in the community share ideas with you by including your usertag in their messages.

Scenarios that result in messages being sent to your Inbox include:

  • Direct Messages: A member of the community can reach out to you directly by including your usertag in a message.
  • Replying to your message: When a user replies to one of your messages, your usertag is automatically included in the message text, which ensures the message appears in your Inbox.
  • Copying you on a message: A user can copy you on his reply to an interesting message shared by another user by including your usertag in his reply.
  • Replying to your reply: Users create single subject conversations by replying back and forth to each other. Each reply appears in the other person's Inbox, because the original reply author's usertag is automatically included in the message text.

Why is my Inbox so important?

Your Inbox, or incoming wire, is perhaps the most important message wire in the system. Why? Because other users who mention you in conversations or send you messages directly may have something important to say that you care about. In fact, some of these messages may warrant your immediate response.

Monitoring your Inbox: LakeWire makes it easy for you to monitor your Inbox, because it notifies you when new messages arrive. It does so by placing an orange box with the number of new messages received beside the Inbox link in the blue global header at the top of page. Once you visit your Inbox, the notification disappears. So be sure you read all of your new messages! Messages in your Inbox cannot be deleted, so they are always available for your perusal.

The Power of Following

Why should I follow other users?

The volume of ideas or messages shared on LakeWire grows every day, and it becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with. No one can monitor LakeWire 24 hours a day, so lots of great ideas get shared when you are not available. Furthermore, the process of scrolling through lake wires to find valuable tips, tricks, information, and ideas can be time consuming.

One of the best ways to solve this problem is to find and follow users who share your interests and routinely share valuable information. LakeWire automatically combines messages from the users you follow into the 'Users I Follow' message wire located in your Home Page. At any time you can peruse this wire to stay abreast of the messages recently shared by users you feel are top contributors in the community.

Why should I follow Lakes?

Many fishermen fish multiple lakes, and have a choice in regards to which lake to fish next. By following lakes of interest, a user can stay on top of current lake conditions, patterns that are working and those that are not, etc. LakeWire automatically combines all of the messages shared on the corresponding lake wires into the 'Lakes I Follow' message wire located on your Home Page.

Why do I care if other users follow me?

When users follow you, it indicates that they are interested in your ideas and what you have to say about other user ideas. Most users think of their followers as their personal audience.

LakeWire makes it easy for you to reach out to your audience without including the community at large. How? By sharing an idea that does NOT include a laketag or user mention (usertag). In this case, your message can be seen immediately in two places:

  • Your user profile - because it contains a historical record of every message you have shared.
  • Your followers' home pages - your message will be displayed in the 'Users I Follow' and 'Users and Lakes I Follow' message wires.

A user typically follows other users that share the same interests and fish the same lakes. Many users leverage their following to air out ideas, and discuss specific items of interest to the group.

How do I follow users and lakes?

Follow buttons are pervasive throughout the LakeWire service, making it easy for users to follow lakes and other users. It's as easy as clicking the 'Follow' button.

General Questions

How do I find other people I know on LakeWire?

If you have a friend or know other fishermen that use the LakeWire service, the best way to find them is to use the search bar in the blue header at the top of every page. You can search by name or username. To confirm you found the right person, click on the search results and read the user's profile.

What do the green, yellow, and red stripes on the left of a black laketag box mean?

Wind speed is one of the most important factors to consider when planning a fishing trip or fishing strategy. LakeWire displays a vertical wind stripe on the left side of black laketag blocks to indicate current wind speeds. This provides users with an instant visual indicator of the current wind situation:

  • Green: Winds 0-12 mph
  • Yellow: Winds 13-19 mph
  • Red: Winds 20+ mph

How do I access my Settings?

Instant access to your Settings page is provided at the top right of the blue header. Simply hover over your username, and a pull down menu with the Settings option will appear.

Is it OK to advertise in messages?

No! Advertising in the message stream is a violation of the House Rules. Repeated violations may result in account deactivation and being banned permanently from the LakeWire service.

How do I report a User for violating the House Rules?

Instructions for reporting a violation of the House Rules or Terms of Service are here.

How do I report a problem or offer an idea to improve LakeWire?

Instructions for contacting LakeWire can be found on the Contact page.

Can I create a company account?

No! Only individual accounts are allowed. Company accounts are strictly forbidden as documented in the Terms of Service.