In its quest to make the web more social, Google has launched “News Badges” to rewards users for reading and sharing links from Google News. Interestingly enough, the social feature seems to lend itself perfectly to Google’s new social + network, which could help fuel the platform’s ultimate success.
Much like the idea behind Foursquare or Get Glue where users are rewarded for digital interaction, Google News Badges allow readers to earn badges based on the volume of articles they read. There are also sharing and recommendation features built directly into Google News Badges, meaning, users can share articles or find other articles related to their badges and interests.
For example, if a user reads business articles, he or she might unlock the Business Article Badge. The more articles this user reads, the higher their ranking within the badge will be. Users start at a Bronze rating and move up to Silver, Gold, Platinum, and eventually Ultimate…
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