If you’ve ever thought – and who hasn’t – “they’ve got a website for everything,” here’s a new one to add to the mix: “They’ve got a social network for everything.” Not to talk down birdwatching, as people love the practice and it can be very fulfilling, but it is an interesting development to see an online social network used for such a narrow niche.
With Birdpost, birdwatchers can report on bird sightings they’ve had in their local area, as well as find the bird sightings other people have found – using a large interactive map. Users can also scroll through a list of bird species and see where they’ve been spotted making it a great tool for mapping out excursions with your kids.
Sure, birdwatching is something you do to get away from technology: just the open air, a pair of binoculars, and maybe a notebook, but given how much technology is entering our lives, Birdpost is a great tool for both aspiring and experienced birdwatchers. Does this take the mystery out of discovering a bird out in the wild? Perhaps to a degree but spending your day birdwatching without finding any birds isn’t too fun either.
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May 1, 2009
Thanks for the review. I like the way you’ve broken down the different sections in your review like “Insider Tips” etc. What a cool site! I’m into birds and think this is a winner and glad it’s free at least for now.