Don’t want to be glued to the TV tonight when the New Year officially begins? There’s a free app for your iPhone (s aapl) or Android (app link) (s goog) device that lets you watch the ball drop live in Times Square over Wi-Fi and 3G connections, so you can be glued to your mobile’s screen instead!
The app, descriptively named “Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball App – 2011,” (iPhone app link) provides a live stream of the ball drop in Times Square at midnight, but it also lets you watch the pre-show leading up to that symbolic event, including musical performances and celebrity appearances.
You can use the app to learn more about the history of Times Square on New Year’s Eve, and the ball itself (for example, the ball drop gets over 1 billion TV viewers worldwide), share photos of your New Year’s celebrations to potentially get featured on Toshiba’s giant TV screen in Times Square, and send customizable postcards to friends and family.
The Times Square celebrations also embrace social networking this year. The app lets you post your location to Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter, and tells you exactly how far away you are from Times Square. You can add a message to your location post, too, making it very easy to say publicly things you’ll regret later without even having to switch apps.
I love watching the ball drop, but I’m glad I don’t have to worry about being near a TV to make it happen. How about you?
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