Social Networking Big Hit While Tracking Santa

The big man's trackers at NORAD say Santa Claus broke records on social media and by old-fashioned telephone this Christmas Eve.

Volunteers at NORAD Tracks Santa at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado were fielding 4,000 calls an hour Saturday morning, on pace to break a record. Santa's NORAD Facebook page exceeded 840,000 "likes" by mid-morning.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has been telling children about Santa's whereabouts every year since 1955, when a newspaper ad invited kids to call Santa on a hotline. A typo led dozens of kids to call the command.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    Was it because Marie Antoinette Obama was manning the phones?
  • by Merry Christmas ! on Dec 25, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    Merry Christmas everyone! To the staff of WITN, even to the Moderators that stop me from making a fool of myself, the race baiters, the trolls...even Lavon! Merry Christmas! Hope you had a good year! (No political ill will implied, no derogatory message, no snide remarks) Good luck and good times to you all!
  • by cool on Dec 24, 2011 at 10:39 PM
    i just told my kids tonight that the spirit of saint nicholas is why we are inspired to give presents to eachother. they smiled and were so happy to know this and didnt seem to mind that he died a long time ago. call me what you want, but this holiday gets so out of hand with commercialism! if everyone did this, kids would still have christmas, they just wouldnt think everything they want magically is placed under a tree whether or not theyve been good that year! i loved seeing santa on the radar when i was a kid...but now christmas is blown wayyy out of proportion!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2011 at 06:34 AM in reply to cool
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      by Ebeneezer Grinch on Dec 25, 2011 at 07:57 AM in reply to cool
      Thank you for making your children realize this.
  • by neil Location: Washington on Dec 24, 2011 at 08:43 PM
    Anyone know the number to track Santa
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      by Bocephus on Dec 25, 2011 at 12:44 AM in reply to neil
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        by obamanot on Dec 25, 2011 at 08:20 AM in reply to Bocephus
        Thats my girl jenny's #.
  • by David Location: Eastern Carolina on Dec 24, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    That's so cool. For years, I was responsible for making sure that Santa appeared on local TV radar screens. It's gotta be fun doing the same thing on such a grand scale!

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