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Tom Coates: incrementing your life

Tom Coates is a product designer who has worked for UpMyStreet and the BBC and now works for Yahoo. He’s currently working on fire eagle. a location capturing, managing and sharing service.

Fire eagle has two initiatives – giving people tools to use, and giving people the control over the information that those tools develops. The think of fire eagle as a prototype of a kind of service that will become increasingly popular in the future – the capture management and sharing of data about peoples lives is an attractive proposition to humankind – personal infomatics.

We’re seeing a move from webpages with data lying behind them to an increasingly interconnected web of data – an aggregate of connected data and services. Twitter is a good example of a service like this – the underlying data can talk to a multitude of different front end delivery mechanisms. 12 months ago 90% of Twitter’s traffic was API driven (ie coming from/to outside the Twitter website itself). Flickr is another example of an underlying data model which fires out

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