November 21, 2017

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FireBall debuts at Web 2.0 Expo

FireBall debuts at Web 2.0 Expo

What do you get when you cross Google maps, a mobile-based GPS for your friends and Twitter? FireBall! Leonard Lin, one of the founders of Upcoming.org, is releasing his latest project at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco this week, where conference goers can test out the new tool in beta. We are sure to hear more about this as buzz radiates through the blogosphere.
Erick Schonfeld [explains](http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/04/22/upcomingorg-founder-creates-fireball-fire-eagle-dodgeball-twitter/) the application on TechCrunch, stating: “FireBall is a way for people to keep track of where their friends are on your mobile phone. It uses Yahoo’s Fire Eagle as a [geo-location broker](http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/03/05/yahoos-twitter-for-location-goes-into-private-beta-with-near-zero-functionality/) and Twitter. It is basically mashup of the two services, plus some functionality from Upcoming.org. People add all of their contacts on Twitter and authorize Fire Eagle to share their location with Fireball. ‘Instead of creating a new service that forces you to add all of your friends,’ says Lin, ‘we end up using Twitter for messaging,’ When you want to find out where your friends are who have also signed up for FireBall, you send a message to a Fireball account on Twitter. You get back a text message with a Tiny URL link. When you click on the link, it opens up a KML file that launches Google Maps on your cell phone and shows you all your Twitter friends as pinpoints on the map. So your Twitter contacts serve as your mobile social network. You can also Twitter in your location. Simply mention a room at a conference, for instance, and it can pinpoint exactly where you are through integration with Upcoming.org.”

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