Google News badges are a new way for readers to gain recognition for content they consume. Users may also share badges with their friends via the Google+ 1 button.
has been made about what Google
is going to offer for a gaming strategy
, particularly considering the
company has been hiring online gaming experts.
(NASDAQ:GOOG) may have offered a peek at what's to come July 14 with Google
News badges, little showings of spirit that users may earn by reading articles
about sports, technology, science and other topics.
are more than 500 badges available, spanning various topics of news. Users
begin with bronze, then move on to silver, gold, platinum and then
"ultimate" as their volume of news reading grows. So if a user likes
reading about baseball, his or her badge level will increase with every story
may also craft custom sections by hovering over a badge and clicking "add
require users to be signed into their Google account and have
their Web history enabled. Desktop and mobile clicks will earn users badges.
will "level up" faster if a user reads a few relevant articles every
day, rather than trying to read everything at once. Users who read a few
articles a day about favorite topics will earn their first badge in about a
week. Users can also click on a badge to see articles that will help the badge
reach its next level.
are private by default. However, Google has made it possible for readers to
share badges with their friends by clicking the +1 button and other sharing
options for recommending content. See
this video on how it works
users share a badge, it shows only their badge's name and level, as well as the
rough number of articles a user has read about the badge's topic. Key for user
privacy is that people with whom a user shares badges will not see the specific
articles a user has read.
News badges may show how Google plans to take baby steps toward rolling in more
gaming functionality across the platform.
could easily imagine the company providing badges for other Web services,
perhaps messages read and returned on Gmail or participation in Google+
Hangouts. Perhaps virtual currency will eventually be rolled up into such
services to spur participation.
News users should also expect to see Google
News integrated with the Google+ social network, as eWEEK speculated
could share stories they liked on +, helping readers boost their badge status.
also separated its technology section from its science section for all English
editions and merged personalization settings from the News for you section and
News Settings menu into one sidebar at the top right corner of the home page.