Oct 222009

‘Tagging’ the act of putting keywords onto something is such a strange sounding/feeling task, but one we are increasingly used to with blogs, sites like Flickr, and here at WildObs. Tagging is flexible in that there is no set way to tag something, you get to chose. In that power is some complexity.

Tagging an encounter allows you to group a number of (perhaps otherwise unrelated) encounters together. It is best to try to tag encounters as you record them, while the encounter memory is vivid/fresh in your mind.

Here are some ideas on how you could implement tags:

Some folks say “keep a short list of tags you use frequently/consistently” and “avoid adding the first 20 things that come to your mind” and adding to that others say “it is better to combine a lot of simple tags than dream up complicated ones”. I would add … try to avoid putting the location or date/time or species name (although latin is always fun :-) into tags since those are already captured in the wildobs system.
The good news is that there is no right or wrong on how to tag. You chose what is right for you.
Want some inspiration? Check out the wildobs community ‘tag cloud’, or remember we have Tag Help when entering an encounter.
How do you tag your encounters? Please share in the comments section.
One final note: WildObs Observer users can (e.g. when they go on a trip) set default tags such as “ys2009″ for their Yellowstone 2009 Trip. All encounters recorded until that is changed will bear that tag.
Default Tags setting

Default Tags setting