Fire Eagle

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Fire Eagle
Fire Eagle logo
Type of site
Location-based services
Available inEnglish
OwnerYahoo! Edit this at Wikidata
LaunchedAugust 12, 2008 (beta March 2007)
Current statusClosed 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 by a team which included among others Tom Coates, Simon Willison and Mor Naaman.

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.[2] Services which supported Fire Eagle included Pownce, Dopplr, Brightkite and Movable Type.[3][4]

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

The service shut down in February 2013.[5][6]


  1. ^ Jemima Kiss (13 August 2008). "Yahoo launches Fire Eagle location tool". The Guardian.
  2. ^ MG Siegler (12 August 2008). "Yahoo pushes its location platform Fire Eagle out of the nest so it can spread its wings". VentureBeat.
  3. ^ Jack Schofield (13 August 2008). "Yahoo finally launches Fire Eagle, but you can hide". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Clint Boulton (13 August 2008). "Yahoo Fire Eagle Lands as Location-Aware Platform". eWeek. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Tom Coates. "It's a bit sad that @fireeagle has finally gone down. Still, never mind, onwards and upwards".
  6. ^ "Fire Eagle is down at the moment". Fire Eagle. 7 February 2013 – via Twitter.

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