Monday, November 05, 2007

FireEagle is good news for travel experience sites

Rather interesting piece about Yahoo!'s new geo tool on TechCrunch.

Yahoo is going to unveil FireEagle tonight, apparently. Essentially it is an online product which identifies a user's location if they are transmitting files online.

So what? Well just think of the automatic photo uploading capabilities for trip sharing travel sites, for starters.

TechCruncher Michael Arrington says: "I think I can safely say that there are a ton of developers who are going to be extremely excited about FireEagle."

Yes, and travel companies looking for a way to make it easier for users to publish their travel experience in a neat way. At the moment it is somewhat laborious for the user if they have to geo-tag everything.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

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1 comment:

Sam I Am said...

I think this is a great development, although it will be interesting to see how much it applies to travellers who are generally travelling when uploading. So the location they are uploading from often doesn't correspond with the photos location anyway. The uploads also don't tend to be in bulk in the same way as on say Facebook after a party night with friends. That said, anything that makes it easier will be good for users!

Realizing how hard it was to geotag by selecting locations on a map, we recently rolled out geotagging as part of our bulk photo upload. The upload and tagging are still a two part process, but you can tag up to 10 pics in one go based on selecting a location from a dropdown box so it's pretty effortless.

Will be interesting to see this functionality over at yahoo and flickr especially!