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I get lots of beta invitations for different things coming into my mailbox pretty regularly.

This is one that kind of rung a bell when I saw it but I wasn’t quite sure what exactly it was for.

Fire Eagle is a (still in private beta) Yahoo! service that gives you a slick looking way to share your location with different sites and services online.

The idea is for the web to respond to you and to where you are (and likely what you’re doing).

Here’s how Yahoo! terms it: (see here)image

Fire Eagle is a site that stores information about your location. With your permission, other services and devices can either update that information or access it. By helping applications respond to your location, Fire Eagle is designed to make the world around you more interesting! Use your location to power friend-finders, games, local information services, blog badges and stuff like that…

Fire Eagle allows you to share your locations with other sites and services safely through a secure server – you are always in control. You can decide to share your location with any site that can use it, and even choose how much detail to give that application (exact point, neighborhood, city, state, country).


hmm I guess what they’re trying to do is come up with one, central, location service where you can quickly and easily type in your location and it will update other location services and apps. (see left for list of current apps)

You can update your location outside of the site through the ‘firebot’ on Twitter, your iPhone or your Nokia 60.

Of course Yahoo! is really pushing for develop apps to use the platform.

It’s a nice idea. It’s good to see a big company like Yahoo! targeting location based services. image
It’s nice to see them integrating others and pushing apps instead of doing completely their own thing.

Fire Eagle still has a way to go but it will be interesting to see where it goes and how popular it becomes.

Check out Fire Eagle here and sign up for the Beta

More Updates coming as we get them 🙂

Author: Andy