Yahoo Launches Location Sharing Facebook App Friends on Fire

The Yahoo Fire Eagle team has just released a new Facebook application that lets users share their location information with their friends.

The new app, called Friends on Fire, lets users update their location in a variety of ways – any website or mobile app that supports the Fire Eagle API – and also post brief “Signals” (status updates). The signup process drives users through a Yahoo registration form, which makes for a somewhat jolting user experience. However, once you’re through, friends’ information is visualized on a Yahoo Map inside Facebook.

While location sharing is a tough nut to crack, it’s great to see Yahoo’s Fire Eagle team building a powerful cross-platform service. We’ll be watching to see if it catches on with large numbers of users.

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