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Tracking Santa With Norad
It's a Christmas Eve tradition. The North American Aerospace Defense Command - or Norad - has been tracking Santa's trek since 1955, when a store advertisement misprinted a phone number for a private line to Santa and Norad's predecessor got the calls instead.
As technology has evolved so has the way kids keep tabs on Mister Claus. First was phone calls and now it’s the web.
Now there's Norad Santa tracker apps for iPhone, Android and Windows phone users. Sleigh watchers can also keep up on Bing maps or on Twitter, at Norad Santa.
Norad had been tracking Santa with Google Earth since 2004, but this year the two entities went separate ways.
Norad's teamed with Microsoft, and Google has set up a tool of their own. Google's Santa tracker has been highlighting North Pole preps in the lead-up to Christmas.
In his spare time, Santa's been making phone calls to good girls and boys, and sending messages via his Google Plus page.
On the big night, kids of all ages can watch Santa hop from continent to continent with Google maps and Google earth. Those out doing last-minute shopping can follow along with their smartphone app for android.