NORAD and Google Earth Santa Tracker 2011: The Christmas Eve Tradition Is Upon Us
Each year millions of children and parents around the globe gaze at their computers on Christmas Eve tracking Santa Claus' voyage across the earth with the NORAD Santa Tracker.
The Santa Tracker has become a yearly tradition for many families. What started in 1955 became an internet sensation the past few years and has grown to include a Google Earth Santa tracker along with mobile phone tracking.
During a 24-hour period, around 1,200 military volunteers will take shifts manning the command center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. There they monitor radar screens and field calls from excited 7-year-olds who ask for updates on Santa's location.
They will also update Kris Kringle's progress on the Google Earth map on the NORAD Tracks Santa website, as well as the Facebook page and the Twitter feed. In addition, Santa can even be tracked through OnStar.
As mobile devices have become as much a part of our kids lives as their schoolbooks, Santa's whereabouts can be tracked easily on smartphone devices.
Here are many other resources on the Santa tracker when your kids ask you "Where is Santa Claus?"
* To use Google Earth Plug-in: First go to www.noradsanta.org, click on the link Track Santa in Google Earth. Santa will be seen moving his sleigh on the page. If you don't have the Google Earth plug-in, be sure to download it first.
* To find him on Google Maps: Check out www.noradsanta.org and choose your language. From there you will be directeto Santa's current location. Click the video icons to watch Santa Cam videos, and then click the gift icons to learn more about each city.
* Do you want to follow Santa with your PHONE? Open up Google Maps for mobile and search for [santa]. Or, visit m.noradsanta.org on your phone’s browser.
* There is even a Santa YOUTUBE Channel. Santa Claus’ command center on YouTube is at http://www.youtube.com/noradtrackssanta. You will then be able to watch videos of his voyage throughout the evening.
* For REAL-TIME information about Santa's coordinates: Use Google’s Realtime Search to get updates from social networks like Facebook and Twitter. If your kids want to send Santa a tweet, have them type in @noradsanta. And, you can keep up with Santa's day-long voyage on his Facebook page.
Contact Dennis Bakay at email@example.com
Follow us on Philly2Philly's Facebook page! And, don't forget to "like" Philly2Philly
Any ideas or submissions? Just send them to firstname.lastname@example.org