Santa Tracker, Google vs NORAD

Santa is preparing to deliver gifts for all good boys and girls in the world on the Christmas Eve. Now you can track Santa’s location with the use of Santa trackers. NORAD Tracks Santa and Google’s Santa tracker is having a competition again on tracking Santa’s whereabouts.

Tracking Santa started on December 24, 1955, when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could call Santa Claus. There was a number written for them to call, but it was misprinted and calls were forwarded to Colorado Springs’ Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Harry Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give gifts to all children who called in. By then, a tradition began and continued until now.

North American Aerospace Defense Command, the joint U.S.-Canadian organization that monitors the skies of North America for threats, has been tracking Santa every Christmas Eve since the mid-1950s. In 2007 NORAD enlisted the help of Google Maps and Google Earth to make sure Santa stayed on course. After a long year together, the alliance ended in 2012. NORAD dropped Google in favor of Microsoft and Bing Maps. Google made its own way and launched its own Santa tracker, and thus the trackers war began.

NORAD Tracks Santa website (noradsanta.org) is translated in eight different languages and it has a mobile version. This application is available in the Windows, Apple and Google Play Store.
Being left out, Google tried to come up with its own Santa tracker.

Google’s Santa tracker (santatracker.google) launched its very own website and app for Android phones and an extension for Chrome.