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Yahoo! Fire Eagle for Movable Type

I've been interested in geo-location stuff for a long time now. Even back in 2003, when we launched TypePad, we built in support for parsing photo EXIF data to look for latitude and longitude embedded by a camera or mobile phone. Of course, at the time, only a couple of phone models in Japan, as well as (apparently) high-end digital cameras, could record GPS data on photos taken by the device.

A couple of years later, I bought a GPS device, connected it over Bluetooth to my mobile phone, and wrote some server software to track my location; I also wrote Python client software for my phone (hooray for Python for s60!) to take a photo, collect my current location, and send the whole mess up to my TypePad moblog.

There were a number of problems with every setup I've ever tried, though, ranging from the setup being too clunky (I quickly tired of carrying around a GPS device) to not wanting to share my location in detail with the entire world. Most importantly, though, was that there just wasn't much I could do with the data, once I had it: I could map it, but it wasn't hooked in to my online identity in any useful way.

So I was really excited last week to see the launch of Yahoo!'s Fire Eagle service, which is simple, privacy-aware, and most importantly, is now hooked in to Movable Type, using the new Fire Eagle plugin for MT. This makes my MT profile location-aware: I can add a map of my current location; changes to my location are added to my Action Stream; and other MT plugins can build off of the location to provide additional location-sensitive features. You can see it in action -- combined with the Action Stream plugin -- on David's site.

Another interesting aspect of the Fire Eagle API is that it uses the new OAuth standard for all API requests. We've written about OAuth in the past and are really excited to see Yahoo! supporting it. To help do our part in the adoption of this open standard, we'll be shipping the Perl OAuth library with the next release of Movable Type so that no plugin developer needs to worry if they'll be able to develop atop OAuth with MT.

If you need a Fire Eagle invite, leave a comment and we'll email you one.

March 12, 2008 9:08 AM

Very cool. I can't wait to try it out.

Dan F. said:
March 12, 2008 9:09 AM

I would like to check out Fire Eagle. Could you please send me an invite? Thanks.


March 12, 2008 9:09 AM

I want an invite!

AJ said:
March 12, 2008 9:51 AM

Looks interesting. I'm down.

John said:
March 12, 2008 9:55 AM

Looks interesting -- please send an invite. Thanks!

March 12, 2008 9:56 AM

Sounds interesting! Please send me a Fire Eagle invitation.


Steve said:
March 12, 2008 10:33 AM

It would be interesting to see Action Stream items grouped by location...

March 12, 2008 11:03 AM

I agree that adding filtering to Action Streams by type would be pretty cool. Would be pretty cool to do client side.

alfie said:
March 12, 2008 11:30 AM

Really exciting work guys, would love to test drive here in the UK if you could see your way to an invite.

social said:
March 12, 2008 11:36 AM

please send an invite. Thank You

Jeff said:
March 12, 2008 11:55 AM

I would love to try this out, if you could send me an invite! Thanks in advance...

Caleb Elston said:
March 12, 2008 12:05 PM

Great work on integrating so quickly!

I would love an Invite to FireEagle to start broadcasting my location as I will be on the move this week.

Plus OAuth Rocks!


slinky said:
March 12, 2008 12:23 PM

please invite... please :)

March 12, 2008 12:31 PM

This looks great - I'd love to give it a try.

Thanks for the invites!

March 12, 2008 12:44 PM

Hey - I'm really into the location-aware possibilities of the web too. Sounds really interesting what you're doing with Movable Type.

If you have any more invite for Fire Eagle, I'm eager to see what it's all about...


March 12, 2008 12:57 PM

An invite would be great. And excellent move on OAuth

March 12, 2008 1:41 PM

Hey Ben -

Looks cool, and though I've signed up for an invite at FireEagle, I too am left wanting, so if you have an invite to spare, I could sure use one!

March 12, 2008 1:50 PM

I'd love to get an invite to Fire Eagle if at all possible! Thanks in advance.

giusec said:
March 12, 2008 5:22 PM

Hi Ben, I would like to test Fire Eagle. Could you please send me an invite? Thanks in advance.

March 12, 2008 6:12 PM

This seems like it would be a nice addition to the GeoPress/MT plugin (svn). So you could "write a post *here*" instead of entering a location or selecting from the map.

Josh Melick said:
March 12, 2008 8:42 PM

Very interesting plugin - I would also love an invite - thanks!

toto said:
March 12, 2008 9:43 PM

an invite would be very nice, thanks !

gougy said:
March 13, 2008 1:33 AM

Could you please send me an invite? Thanks.

March 13, 2008 3:42 AM

I've read about that on the DiSo group and I'd love to test it here in France if you've got a Fire Eagle invit for me.

March 13, 2008 4:28 AM

Location is becoming sexy again - Fireeagle is a good start from Yahoo! and I wonder how long until Google offers a location API to leverage their excellent My Location product.

One other thing worth considering in the LBS debate is the concept of zone detection for location.

See my post on this at

and I hope this has earned me a fireeagle invite!

Andrew Grill

Manuel Nau said:
March 13, 2008 5:48 AM

I'm also excited about FireEagle. Could you please send me an invite?

March 13, 2008 11:43 AM

Andrew, completely agreed! Seeing this integrated with the GeoPress plugin would be great.

Amit Elhanan said:
March 13, 2008 12:19 PM

I would like to check out FireEagle. could I maybe get an invite?

Justin said:
March 16, 2008 6:37 PM

Could I have an invite, please?

Matthew said:
March 17, 2008 1:33 AM

Can I have an invite? WAY COOL.

Ken said:
March 17, 2008 4:49 AM

Thanks! I'd like an invite!

Jussi said:
March 18, 2008 5:34 AM

Id love a fire eagle invite! Please?

March 18, 2008 5:39 PM

Any invites left ? :)

March 18, 2008 9:13 PM

I'd love an invite if you are still giving them out.

Mike Hapner said:
March 20, 2008 5:49 PM

I would love an invite for FireEagle!

David Flannery said:
March 22, 2008 12:36 PM

Can I please get an invite?

Josh Roark said:
March 23, 2008 4:17 PM

I have been following the FE Yahoo Group since the TechCrunch post about FE. I can't wait to try out the service with a new app I have been working on.

If there are any invites left, I would welcome the chance to try out FE.


Lola LB said:
March 26, 2008 5:13 AM

Please send me an invite . . .

Damian Hill said:
March 26, 2008 5:49 AM


Can u send an invite please...


praneel said:
March 26, 2008 7:47 AM

Hi I would like to have an invite for FE.
Thank you

tony valentine said:
March 26, 2008 8:52 AM

I would like an invite if there are any left.


Gao Ming said:
March 26, 2008 9:29 AM

Could you please send me an invite? Thanks!

Bryce said:
March 27, 2008 12:17 AM

May I please have an invite?

April 21, 2008 12:09 PM

I'd love an invite as well if there is still one available.

Kind regards,


April 23, 2008 9:23 AM

Any invites to FIreEagle left? I’d love to check it out. Thanks.

andrzej said:
April 28, 2008 12:29 PM


I know its sort of late - but could you send me invitation to FireEagle as well? I'd love to check it out!


Chris F. said:
April 30, 2008 6:58 AM

If there are any invites left, I'd love to take a look at FE!

thx, Chris

K Adams said:
May 7, 2008 8:51 PM

I'm a little late to the party, but would very much appreciate an invite if there are any more to be had. Many thanks in advance.

Ant B. said:
May 9, 2008 12:57 AM

Thanks for keeping us posted on the latest, especially with fire eagle. If you have invites left, would love to get one and spread the word about it.

Robb Duffield said:
May 14, 2008 7:17 PM

I'd love an invite to Fire Eagle

May 15, 2008 3:41 PM


I really hope you have some invites left, as I really love to get one.
Thanks in advance and keep up the good work.

kai said:
May 20, 2008 7:32 AM


Little late too, but also looking for an invite if pos. Any left?



May 22, 2008 9:19 PM

I'd appreciate a FireEagle invite. You can send it to

J Ramos said:
May 29, 2008 10:30 PM

I'd really appreciate a FireEagle invite

June 1, 2008 7:03 PM

If you have FireEagle invites left I would love to begin integrating more location aware features into my MT blog. I'm very curious to see if I can get it cooperating with my iPhone in any meaningful way.

ANkur said:
June 5, 2008 1:06 PM

hey, if there are any invites left, would you do me a favor and send me one? i too am trying to get some accurate location data for an iPhone/iTouch and i want to see if i can get more accurate than CoreLocation as a provider.

June 5, 2008 6:56 PM

This was posted nearly a month ago, but by chance, do you still have any of those Fireeagle invites lying around? If not, that's what I get for not reading my subscriptions often enough. I miss out on these offers.

Bruce said:
June 15, 2008 10:25 AM

If you have an extra invite, I would really like one (to try our with the Mologogo client).

June 25, 2008 2:32 AM

Looking fwd to using this service!!

Joy said:
June 27, 2008 6:12 PM

Please forward an invitation my way, thanks.

F'N'D said:
June 30, 2008 3:55 AM

Hi. i'm advanced Flash/Flex developer. and very interested in checking this service and make something with it API. Are you still have some invites left? Or maybe know where i can get one?


Monroe Rodriguez said:
July 24, 2008 3:46 PM

I'd really appreciate a FireEagle invite

August 4, 2008 11:32 AM

i have been trying to find an invite for awhile now. i really would like to try out fire eagle. if you have an invite could you send one my way? many thanks in advance!

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