FireEagle – unnoticed by local analysts/bloggers?

14 Nov

I’m surprised no one has mentioned Yahoo’s FireEagle. In a nutshell – an API that lets you query and figure out where a user is. Not user IP baloney – far more accurate.

The site itself is rather plain – hopefully I can get in soon and find out how the system works (eg – since the API is suppoused to be two-way, how do you ensure you don’t get inaccurate information on a user?).

At the same time – this is sorta creepy. A phone that constantly ‘phones home’ letting a centralized server know where you are (or aren’t)?

I believe Urban Mapping is working on something similar – but it has been more than few weeks and no word.

2 Responses to FireEagle – unnoticed by local analysts/bloggers?



November 14th, 2007 at 1:07 pm

I think this is a really ingenious idea though.

It seems that it can easily be used by the companies to provide the users with geotargeted information. What’s even more fascinating is how some sites, like Flickr, are going to use it in their own content to determine the location and record it.



November 15th, 2007 at 3:55 pm

Scary and genius at the same time :)