NORAD Santa Tracker 2010 partners with Google Maps

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The 2010 NORAD Santa Tracker is a full-media effort to track the big flight. Image: Flickr / zanastardust / CC-BY

With only 22 days until Santa begins his around-the-world flight, the Santa Tracker is gearing up. The NORAD Santa Tracker 2010 will be doing more than just tracking the flight. Partnerships with Google Maps and local school districts ensure that the Santa Tracker stays up to date.

NORAD 2010 Santa Tracker service history

The 2010 Santa Tracker service is once again from the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Starting in 1955, the agency that would become NORAD started tracking the flight of Santa Claus. It all started when a Sears department store ad misprinted a phone number where kids could “talk to Santa” on Christmas Eve. Kids instead got sent to the Continental Air Defense office, who gave them the “current location” of Santa.

The 2010 NORAD Santa Tracker

The 2010 NORAD Santa Tracker is going to be a full multimedia activity. You can call the 2010 NORAD Santa tracker team to get Santa’s current location by dialing 1-877-446-6723. The Santa Tracker team also answers any e-mails sent to noradtrackssanta@gmail.com. The Twitter account, @noradsanta also tracks Santa’s location. You can also use Google Earth as a Santa Tracker. This year, using Google Maps Mobile, NORAD Santa Tracker can deliver Santa’s current location to directly to any cell phone. Just visit m.noradsanta.org or visit Google Maps Mobile and search for “Santa.” The Santa Tracker also offers services through Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and TroopTube.tv. NORAD will even track how many cookies Santa eats during his long night of travels.

Celebrity support for 2010 Santa Tracker

Each year, the Santa Tracker team posts YouTube videos of Santa flying over various landmarks. The 2010 NORAD Santa Tracker is likely to have voice-overs provided not just by NORAD employees, but a few celebrities. The 2010 NORAD Santa Tracker will be updated online at least once every hour, so be sure to keep the NORAD Santa Tracker loaded into your mobile phone, Google Earth, or social networking accounts, and follow the world’s longest reindeer-powered flight.

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