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Yahoo Fire Eagle, User Location Sharing App

12:05 pm on Aug 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo Fire Eagle [pcmag.com], User Location Sharing App
Yahoo released Fire Eagle, a platform for sharing users' location information among different web applications. The service can be updated on the Fire Eagle web site, via SMS, a Mac widget, or by using an application—such as those offered by ZoneTag, My Loki or Navizon—on a location-aware cell phone to automatically broadcast your location.

More than fifty software developers have built Fire Eagle functionality into their applications, including Pownce, Brightkite, and Movable Type. The service lets users authorize how much information they want to share with the apps—exact location, zip code, city, region, state, or country. And the service sends an email reminder, by default once a month, to remind users that their location is being shared.

Most of the applications do things like finding nearby businesses, social network friends, or photos. They service has the effect of bringing capabilities found in several iPhone applications to more platforms, such as Java, Symbian, and Windows Mobile.



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