We’ve given the ChirpTracker Blog a face lift to match the look and feel of ChirpTracker.com. We plan on improving the blog and keeping it more up to date to let you know what we’re doing. In the past weeks we’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes and you’ll soon see the rewards of this as we’ll be able to launch new features at a much more rapid and more thoroughly tested pace. Stay tuned for more updates and as always, good birding!
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ChirpTracker Blog Facelift July 28th, 2009
Introducing ChirpTracker Mobile May 31st, 2009
As per our commitment to make posting a sighting from the field easier, we’re excited to announce the first release of ChirpTracker Mobile (http://m.chirptracker.com). In our developments, we’re eliminating the need to go out in the field, bird, then come home to a computer to enter data. ChirpTracker Mobile brings us one step closer in achieving this vision and allows users to report sightings from the field as they happen from any mobile device, instantly in real time. ChirpTracker Mobile is the second installment of our mobile suite as you can also post an update or share a sighting via text messaging or email.
ChirpTracker Mobile is compatible with almost all modern day smart phones (iPhone, Blackberry, Android, etc) and it offers the same functionality that is available on our main site. Each user will have the ability to stay current on updates and sightings from their friends via their home and public timelines, update or post a sighting themselves and explore the entire database of species with access to all images, species data and species sightings. To begin using ChirpTracker Mobile, simply head over to m.chirptracker.com with your mobile device.
Below are some screenshots of a few selected mobile devices with ChirpTracker mobile running:
Tip: With the iPhone you can select to “bookmark” the site and it will appear as if it were an app on your iPhone desktop.
As our development with ChirpTracker Mobile progresses, we’ll continue to release updates and enhancements that will make birding easier and more efficient than ever before. As always, please continue to send us bugs or compatibility issues with your mobile device.
RSS? Yes, Please! March 15th, 2009
Do you like RSS? We do. That’s why we have created some new RSS feeds for you! These new RSS feeds offer a new dimension to ChirpTracker. Lets go over some of the possibilities:
- Subscribe to feeds on ChirpTracker to receive up to the minute updates in a standardized format
- Use your new Sightings RSS feed to show your latest sightings on your blog!
- Subscribe to specific users, your friends, or all of ChirpTracker and receive the updates on your mobile device.
- Many, many other possibilities
Finding your different feeds couldn’t be easier. Each page that has an RSS feed automatically knows that one exists. You can tell if there is an RSS feed by looking in your URL bar in your browser, for example take a look at the screenshot below:
There is also another way to find RSS feeds on ChirpTracker. If there is an RSS feed on the page, it will show up in the bottom right hand corner of the page with the standard RSS icon. Take a look at the screenshot below:
The icon will appear and there will be text beside the icon describing the type of RSS feed that is on the page. Our next blog post will cover a few short tutorials on how to integrate these RSS feeds into your website and/or blog. We hope you enjoy these new updates and we’ll continue to roll them out as fast as we can make them!
Species Pages Updates March 13th, 2009
We have updated all of our Species pages with more images, videos, data and even an updated look. What’s new in this release:
- New index page for browsing species
- Species data for over 500 different species from our partners, BirdGuides
- Additional images
- New layout and look
The first big addition we have made is the new Species index page. Below you can see a screenshot of what this looks like. The new species page allows you to browse species or search by using the search box at the top of the page. We also are displaying the top 5 most sighted species in the right hand column.
We have also managed to add data for more than 500 North American and European species, greatly attributed to our partners, BirdGuides. With this addition of species data we have also added hundreds of images and videos to species across the site. When you get a moment, explore around and look at some of the great shots and footage we have on the site!
The last update we have made to the species pages is a new, refreshed layout. Below you can see the new look and layout:
You can see we have added new tabs on the top of the Overview page. These tabs are used to display all the data we have about the species. We have also reorganized the right hand navigation. You can now see how many sightings, images and videos each species has simply by glancing at the numbers in the right hand navigation.
We will continue to add more and new images and videos as well as add more data to species that don’t have any. We hope you enjoy this update!
Interface Updates – New Nav February 25th, 2009
We’ll be going through some changes and improvements to the interface of the site over the next few weeks and to kick off the interface updates we’ve released a new navigation bar! The updates are small but noticeable, take a look at the screenshots below that compares the old and the new.
You will notice that some links have moved and there are now drop down’s. Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with this new nav and the new links underneath “Me” and “Explore”. The nav displays your profile picture and also the link color depends on the theme you choose! We hope you like this update and as always, are open to suggestions and thoughts!
Locations, Notes and More! February 21st, 2009
We’ve released a lot of improvements and new functionality to ChirpTracker today. Here is a quick overview of what we have changed and improved on in this release:
- Improved location recognition
- Ability to update your sighting location by dragging the sighting pin on your sighting map
- Ability to add “Additional Sighting Notes” to your sightings
- Multiple bug fixes
The main focus of this update was to improve location recognition. We’ve completely re-written how we figure out where the location you type in is. It is still not perfect by any means, however it is greatly improved. We now recognize almost all bodies of water, national forests and national parks. For example you can input a national park instead of a city and state and it will register as a location. Wildlife refuges are still hit or miss but we do know that some work. One suggestion that we do have is to try to be as specific as possible when typing in your location. We will have another round of improvements for international location recognition shortly and also another full release some time down the road.
The next update has to do with one of our best beta testers, bevson. She brought to our attention that traveling birders usually don’t know where they are (zip code and “city” wise). If you’re a traveling birder and have no clue where you are, that’s ok! Simply type in anything close or any place you know of, then go into your sighting details and move the pin to the location. We’ll update the message text and link for you!
Another feature that we’ve added is the ability to add “Additional Sighting Notes” to any of your sightings. There are often times when you would like to be more descriptive and the 140 character limit doesn’t allow for a lot of detail. If you want, you can go into your sighting details and add as much extra information about the sighting as you would like! You can use limited HTML markup in here as well, for example if you want to bold or emphasise some of the text description. To add these details, all you need to do is click on the content of the “Additional Sighting Notes” and it will bring up an editable text area, then simply hit “Save” or “Cancel” and you’re done! It is as simple as that!
We hope you enjoy all of these new updates and hopefully it will make ChirpTracker more enjoyable to use. As always, if you have any comments or suggestions we would love to hear from you! Stay tuned for our next update and as always, good birding!
ChirpTracker.com Private Beta! February 20th, 2009
A lot has been happening with ChirpTracker since our last post. We’ve retired ChirpChatter and brought the micro-blogging features back into ChirpTracker and now are back to one single app that will have all of our features. ChirpTracker is now the the ultimate social network for birders. You can post sightings, converse and connect with other birders, use advanced technological features with ease, and many many more features to come!
With that being said, we have finally begun private beta testing ChirpTracker.com. We’ve already received some fantastic feedback from our beta users and they have really helped us work out a lot of the kinks we’ve had. If you’re interested in participating in the private beta, you can simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request an invite to the private beta and we’ll send you one within 48 hours.
We’re currently closing in on getting all of the basic functionality down and will soon be working on and rolling out some of the really cool features! We’ll be using the blog to keep you updated on these new features as well as any new happenings with ChirpTracker.
Stay tuned and good birding to everyone!