Fire Eagle

Fire Eagle
Type of site
Location-based services
Available in English
Owner Yahoo!
Commercial Yes
Registration Required
Launched August 12, 2008
Current status Closed February 2013

Fire Eagle was a Yahoo! owned service that stores a user's location and shares it with other authorized services.[1] It was created at Yahoo! Brickhouse by a team which included among others Evan Henshaw-Plath,[2] Tom Coates, Simon Willison, Jeannie H. Yang, Mor Naaman, Seth Fitzsimmons, Simon King, and Chris Martin.

A user could authorize other services and applications to update or access this information via the Fire Eagle API, allowing a user to update their location once and then use it on any Fire Eagle enabled-website. The intention of Fire Eagle was to serve as a central broker for location data.[3] Services which supported Fire Eagle included Pownce, Dopplr, Brightkite and Moveable Type.[4][5]

The Fire Eagle service was one of the first sites to use the OAuth protocol to connect services together.

Fire Eagle has closed as of February 2013.[6][7]

See also


  1. Kiss, Jemima (13 August 2008). "Yahoo launches Fire Eagle location tool". The Guardian.
  2. Sathyaish Chakravarthy (13 March 2008). "Fire Eagle Emerging Communications". IT Conversations.
  3. MG Siegler (12 August 2008). "Yahoo pushes its location platform Fire Eagle out of the nest so it can spread its wings". VentureBeat.
  4. Schofield, Jack (13 August 2008). "Yahoo finally launches Fire Eagle, but you can hide". The Guardian.
  5. Boulton, Clint (13 August 2008). "Yahoo Fire Eagle Lands as Location-Aware Platform". eWeek.
  6. Tom Coates. "It's a bit sad that @fireeagle has finally gone down. Still, never mind, onwards and upwards.".
  7. Fire Eagle (7 February 2013). "Fire Eagle is down at the moment.". Twitter.

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