Every year, Google teams up with the North American Aerospace defence Command to track a bearded man flying a sleigh across the globe. This year, you can track the journey via Google Map, Google Earth, from your phone, and more.
More specifically, your Santa-tracking options are:
- See Santa on a Google Map: On your home computer or laptop, visit www.noradsanta.org and choose your preferred language. You’ll see a large Google Map on the page displaying Santa’s current location and his next stop. Click the video icons to watch “Santa Cam” videos, and click the gift icons to learn more about each city.
- Watch Santa fly with the Google Earth Plug-in: From www.noradsanta.org, click on the link Track Santa in Google Earth. You’ll see Santa steering his sleigh right on the webpage. If you don’t have the Google Earth plug-in, you can get ready by downloading it ahead of time.
- Follow Santa on your phone: Track Santa from your mobile phone by opening Google Maps for mobile and searching for [santa] . Or, visit m.noradsanta.org on your phone’s browser.
- Subscribe to his YouTube channel: Santa’s home on YouTube is at http://www.youtube.com/noradtrackssanta. That’s where you can find videos from his journey throughout the night.
- Get real-time information about Santa’s location: Use Google’s Realtime Search to get updates from social networks, news and micro-blogs like Twitter at @noradsanta, and keep up with news about his journey on this Facebook page.
The party starts Christmas Eve at 2am EST (6pm AEDT). If you want a better idea of what you can expect from Google and NORAD’s Santa-tracking, they’ve even got a dedicated page of tips and tricks.
Dashing through the snow… with NORAD and Google [Google Mobile Blog]