There are many ways to browse around iNaturalist observations. Most of us have our particular interests, whether it be based on taxonomic or geographic familiarity or curiosity.
So, what do you do to find the stuff you are interested in on iNat? Do you:
- Use alerts? What kinds and how well does it work for you?
- Filter on the Explorer? When do you prefer map vs. list vs. grid views?
- Follow users? Do you use it to alert you to stuff your are interested in, or are you more interested in following the person, or both?
- Do you subscribe to the emails? Check the new stuff in the app or web?
I have my pattern dialed in, but I’d love to hear what others do so we can all learn new tricks. I’ll start out the discussion.
My main area of interest is the Northern Rockies and surrounding, especially the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. I have an alert set up for all observations in Yellowstone County, because I’m trying to foster the community here and don’t want to miss an opportunity to encourage users here and interact with their content.
However, the main way I interact on iNat is using the Explorer to filter for all taxa in Montana or Wyoming (and sometimes Idaho when things are slow, but I’m not as familiar with range overlaps, so I am more judicious when I am unsure of fine IDs.) I use the grid view with the standard settings to see most recently posted, so that it works like a “status update feed” for the organisms in this range.
I experimented with following users, but I am familiar enough with the users in these areas to know quickly whether they are active or new or just traveling through. I pared back my “follows” since it just cluttered the updates feed with redundant information found in the Explore function.
I get the daily email update. Normally I keep up with update on my phone or browser, but sometimes notice something I missed in the email feed. I also get emails for any message I get. 90% of my usage is on the phone, so I’d miss messages without the email forward.
What do you do?