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There is Competition in Santa Tracking This Year…NORAD and Google both offer Santa Tracking Options. Bring It On!

December 23, 2012

Well it turns out this year we will have options for Santa tracking! Who knew??? There is competition in the Santa tracking arena it seems!  NORAD has been tracking Santa since 1955 and this week it announced its new Internet Santa service. Turns out that NORAD replaced Google Maps with Microsoft’s Bing Maps for tracking Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. Can you spell competition?  Ouch!

The official NORAD Santa tracking website. http://www.noradsanta.org/

The official NORAD Santa tracking website. http://www.noradsanta.org/

Well it seems that Google is not giving up on the business of tracking Mr. Claus. 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. Choices, choices, choices!

And you are thinking to yourself…who knew?!?!?!!

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Google announced this week that since they were instrumental in tracking Santa since 2004 with Google Earth, that this year, a team of dedicated Google Maps engineers worked together to build a new route algorithm to chart Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve.

Google announced this week that since they were instrumental in tracking Santa since 2004 with Google Earth, that this year, a team of dedicated Google Maps engineers worked together to build a new route algorithm to chart Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve.

The new Santa Tracker http://www.google.com/santatracker doesn’t only live on the web. There are of course phone apps! There is the new Chrome extension and Android app to let you follow Santa. Conversely, NORAD’s apps, which it has worked on in partnership with Microsoft, are available for the iPhone and Android and Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

To be fair, Google’s has more to offer on the entertainment front. It has built out an entire Santa site where you can provide information about a friend or family member, and then have Santa give them a call (how cool is that!) or send them an audio message via email. There are also a couple of games:

  1. The Santa Racer game lets you navigate Santa’s sleigh through a track and collect presents.
  2. The Present Drop game lets you drop presents into moving chimneys.

Bummer, this means I may be up all night!

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Google and NORAD will begin actually tracking Santa on Christmas Eve. No word yet if Santa himself plans to use Google or Bing Maps to get to all his destinations. All I can say is that I hope he isn’t using the new Apple map app.  I wanna get my gifts in my lifetime!

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Twitter handle: NORAD Santa @NoradSanta

Twitter handle: NORAD Santa @NoradSanta

You can find Santa in a variety of places!

Merry Christmas! HO – HO – HO!

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