Many ways to track Santa on his rounds this year
The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, decided to play along and had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
This year NORAD — has decided to switch from Google Maps, which it has used since 2007, to Microsoft’s Bing maps for its annual NORAD Tracks Santa project. So, there are a number of ways to track Santa with NORAD:
To track Santa on your Mobile Phone!Download the official NORAD Tracks Santa mobile apps today!
1 (877) HI NORAD / 1 (877) 446-6723
From Colorado Springs or overseas: 1 (719) 556-5211 (Long Distance charges may apply)
Hearing Impaired should contact their service provider.
Google will track Santa too!
But Google’s not letting itself be cut out of the business of tracking Santa. Using its Google Earth and Google Maps products, the Internet search giant is tracking Santa on its own this year with a new algorithm. Yes, that means you’ve got two Santa tracker options to pick from starting Christmas Eve. “While we’ve been tracking Santa since 2004 with Google Earth, this year a team of dedicated Google Maps engineers built a new route algorithm to chart Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve,” VP of Google Maps and Google Earth, Brian McClendon, wrote on the Official Google blog this week.
Google claims special access to Santa’s dashboard — the technology that powers his sleigh during his around-the-world journey. The search giant received this special preview from one of Santa’s many developer elves, who are hard at work in the North Pole helping Santa prepare for his big day. Santa’s dashboard – featuring the latest and greatest in Google Maps technology and sleigh engineering – will allow you to follow his progress around the world, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way.
Google’s tracker will be available on the Official Site…and you can add the new Chrome extension or download the Android app to keep up with Santa from your smartphone or tablet. And to get the latest updates on his trip, follow Google Maps on Google+, Facebookand Twitter.
While you are waiting for Christmas there are a bunch of cool games to play at Santa’s village and an adult can book a phone call from Santa to a special child.
The big question remaining is will Santa use Google or Bing maps to get around this year..I’m betting he will not be using Apple Maps 🙂