Fire Eagle launches – want an invite?

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UPDATE: The invites have now gone.

I have four Fire Eagle invites to the first four commenters on this post. These are also one-time invitation codes and can’t be reused. No idea what I’m talking about? As you’ll note from Michael Arrington’s story and the longer review:

It is a platform for controlling people’s location information. Tell it (directly or via a third party application built on FireEagle’s APIs) where you are (give it specific lat/long, or a city name, or a zip code, etc.) and it will note your location. Alternatively, users with GPS phones (or other GPS device) could set it to periodically update FireEagle with geo information.

Interestingly British startup Dopplr says it has been working with the Fire Eagle team to allow you to link your Dopplr and Fire Eagle accounts, and share your location with other trusted services that you choose and control:

We can send a location update to Fire Eagle when you’re travelling, so that other services can act on that information. Of course, this can also be turned off at any time. This is similar to how we update your Facebook newsfeed on travel days if you use our Facebook application.

It’s worth noting as an aside that Fire Eagle’s team counts among its team long-time Brit blogger and uber-developer Tom Coates, who knows the Dopplr guys well.

However, right now the Fire Eagle beta has next to no functionality – you can type in your location, which the service notes and then places on an embedded Yahoo map. That’s it. To get an invite after these 4 are gone you can also try Inviteshare.

  • jon

    I’ll take an invite.

  • Doug Winter

    Me too!

  • Robin Blandford


  • James Pearce

    Do I get the 4th?


  • Paul Parkinson


  • Huw

    betty swallocks

  • Chris Fleming

    Hmmm… one would have hoped that an Intelligent Comment was actually a requirement for the invite :)

    Personally I’m struggling to figure out what this service will give you that things like Plazes won’t already do?

  • Mike Butcher

    Right, invites all gone, sorry.

    Chris – expecting intelligent comments from TechCrunch commenters is a tough call! ;-)

  • Scott

    I received one yesterday from yahoo. Must admit felt slightly let down when I logged in and couldn’t actually do anything! Here’s hoping the “coming soon” bits don’t take too long

  • Ivan Pope

    Four? That’s a bit unambitious, isn’t it? I mean, four hundred, maybe. Four thousand, that’s confident. But what is the f***in’ use of four. It just pisses off the other hundred people who want them with no gain (but then I’m talking as someone who STILL can’t get an invite to Qik)

  • Ivan Pope

    Are there any projects that Tom Coates isn’t involved with? Spred the love, Tom!

    (btw, I note on Tom’s blog thta on launch they handed out 10,000 invites, which makes the above look even more stingy. Personally, Mike, if a product has no functionality and only wants to give away four accounts, I’d ignore ’em)

  • fp

    Whatever happened to “Ride the Fire Eagle Danger Day?”

  • Mike Butcher

    Ivan – Look, I had some invites but not many. I could have twittered them away or emailed them to mates. I didn’t – I offered them up here. End of story.

  • Scott

    I have four more if you want them to give them away Mike?

  • Arturs

    I been chasing those invites, no luck as you can see. =(

  • http://IfanyonehasmoreinvitationsIwouldappretiateone Javierito

    f anyone has more invitations I would appretiate one

  • John Handelaar

    Four is the number we all got sent along with our own beta invites yesterday.

  • Duncan

    If anyone has a spare invite knocking about, I’d love to try it out… Find my email address on my website.

  • Andrew J Scott

    If anyone wants one I have one spare invite; unlike Mike I don’t need to be impartial – so I’ll send it over to whoever has the most interesting project!


  • Paddy

    I’m a media student and I’d love an invite if there was one going. Support the impoverished students! Thanks in advance – paddynicholson…[at]…

  • Tommy

    …late.. If someone kind could spare me an invitation, it would be very helpful right now, thanks, tommy
    a t

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