Thu, Dec 08, 2011
Adds Smart Phone Apps To Follow The Jolly Old Elf On The
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is getting ready
for it's annual track of Santa's yuletide journey. The NORAD Tracks
Santa website went live December 1, featuring a
countdown calendar, a kid's countdown village complete with holiday
games and activities that change daily, and video messages from
students and troops from around the world.
With the addition of Brazilian Portuguese, the website is now
available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German,
Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese.
This year, using free applications in the Apple iTunes Store and
the Android Market, parents and children can also countdown the
days until Santa's take off on their smart phones. Tracking
opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and
Twitter. Santa followers just need to type "@noradsanta" into each
search engine to get started.
Starting at midnight MST on Dec. 24, website visitors can watch
Santa as he makes all the preparations for his flight. Then, at 4
a.m. MST, trackers worldwide can talk to a live phone operator to
inquire about Santa's whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number
1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email.
NORAD's "Santa Cams" will also stream videos as Santa makes his
way over various locations worldwide.
NORAD Tracks Santa started in 1955 when a local media advertisement
directed kids to call Santa direct -- only the number was
misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to
the crew commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command
Operations Center. Thus began the tradition that NORAD has carried
on since it was created in 1958.
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