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Christmas 2013: Santa on Twitter, tracked by Norad, reindeer webcam

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Year after year Santa Claus continues to up his technology credibility, and Christmas 2013 is no different. Not only is old St. Nick being tracked by NORAD, but he's also using Twitter, the Internet, and his cell phone to communicate with boys and girls about where he travels with his reindeer to deliver toys.

NORAD has used its technology to provide the world with Santa’s location every year, including 2013, as he travels from the North Pole to distribute Christmas gifts internationally.

Furthermore, NORAD is tweeting updates about his various locations across the globe.

Santa’s reindeer must also be ready for their long journey around the world on Christmas, so everyone with access to the Internet now has the ability to watch him feed the creatures before their trek on the Reindeer Cam. The feeding schedule will take place through Dec. 24 everyday at 11 a.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. ET and weekends at 6 p.m. But, the webcam is up and running 24 hours a day so even during non-feeding hours, the reindeer can be seen lounging in a cozy barn.

Another service, entitled Text Santa, allows kids young and old to receive personalized text messages from Father Christmas. Parents must sign their kids up for the service, with messages starting at $4.79. The date and time the messages will be sent are chosen by the sender. One dollar from each transaction will be used to support CHILDSAFE, dedicated to protect children online.

A free service, Magic Santa, uses a questionnaire to personalize a video message from Kris Kringle, taped as he prepares his Christmas list and determines who's been naughty and who's been nice.

iPhone has an application called Parents Calling Santa, that lets the user record a personalized message. The unique app then turns the user’s voice into the voice of Santa so a message from St. Nick can be sent to friends and family. The application is $1.99 in the iPhone app store.

Finally, Christmas Dialer provides a phone call from Santa to whatever phone number the user enters. There are three different messages that can be chosen for St. Nick to deliver. The first call is free, with all additional calls costing .57 cents.

A new app called “Hello Santa” allows real time video chat with the jolly old gift giver himself. There is no time limit for the call, but it is also quite pricey at $14.99 per session. The call can be recorded as a keepsake as well. To ensure a chat with Santa can be had, information about the child is provided by parents on a questionnaire so Santa will know all about him or her before the scheduled call. Contact is then made at a designated time using an iPhone, iPad, a Mac or a PC.

Finally, Google is teaming up with Santa and actually gave him his own Google Voice number. A message can be left for him at 855-34-SANTA. Also, a customized phone call can be created and sent using Send a Call from Santa. Google will also following St.Nick’s travels on Christmas Day using the Santa Tracker.

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