Yahoo! Unveils Open Platform Fire Eagle Location Service

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Yahoo! has announced to the availability of Fire Eagle, an open platform that helps users to take their location to the web while availing them to control how and where their location data is shared. The new product from Yahoo! will allow users to store and manage information about their location, and offers developers clear protocols for updating or accessing that information.

The open nature of the service allows users from any other network to respond to their friends’ location through Fire Eagle. Fire Eagle users can further annotate the world or find nearby services or local information.

Fire Eagle allows its users a place to store and manage information about their location, and offers developers clear protocols for updating or accessing that information. As the Yahoo Fire Eagle tool is an open platform any networked service can use Fire Eagle to respond to a user’s location – to help them find their friends, annotate the world or find nearby services or local information.

In addition the Fire Eagle is been integrated with fifty live applications, including Dopplr, Pownce, Movable Type, and Outside.in, since its beta launch in March. Dopplr is a mainly targeted at intelligent travelers who believe in sharing their travel plans with the people they trust.

Apart from that, Dash, Dipity, ekit, Lightpole, ZKOUT etc are some of the other remarkable applications incorporated by Fire Eagle.

“Fire Eagle is about making everything on the Internet more useful, fun or interesting by adding the element of location,” said Tom Coates, head of product at Yahoo! Brickhouse. “We’re here to help people take their location to the Web by giving them the ability to control how much detail about their location they want to share and which applications they want to share it with.”

With Fire Eagle users can control their location information and can also decide about how and with whom to share it with. Users can authorize web, mobile or desktop applications to update their location automatically or do it themselves manually on the Fire Eagle Web or mobile sites. Users can hide themselves or change their sharing preferences or delete any of their stored information, whenever they want.

Fire Eagle is a useful application for developers as it allows them to concentrate on how they can use location in their services without having to build the infrastructure to work out where their users are. Developers can avail Fire Eagle, at http://fireeagle.yahoo.net.