21 December 2009

How NORAD keeps track of Santa

The joint U.S.-Canada North American Aerospace Defense Command's annual NORAD Santa tracker program has presences on Facebook, Twitter and Picasa Web. Google - which, like all the corporate partners in the program, offers its assistance at no cost to taxpayers - has dozens of people working on helping to track Santa. Those people provide technical consulting and server provisioning for the NORAD Santa Web site, as well as helping put together YouTube videos, information for Google Maps and Google Earth and, soon, a new service that will allow people to use their mobile phones to track Santa on Christmas Eve. It also helps out by providing and monitoring a Gmail account for the program.