Google News Badges a new gamification system

Google news is a computer generated news sites that allows its users to have a free access to an aggregated directory of the lates news topics worldwide. It coolects news from different sources and group similar articles togther and display them according to your personalized interests. I know many of you are using this service and probably on a daily basis. I am a voraciuos news reader and love to stay updated especially on topics that interest me like Mobile Learning and Mobile technology in general.

Google News has recently issued a new service called the system of online badging. This system lets google news n users earn badges as they read their favorite articles. This know as gamification which is the addition of game mechanics to non game activities. There are more than 500 badges designed by Google  to classify avid news readers. These badges are private by default but you can make them public if you want / Google engineer Natasha Mohanty has put it clear here;

Your badges are private by default, but if you want, you can share your badges with your friendst .Tell them about your news interests, display your expertise, start a conversation, or just plain brag about how well-read you are.

Google news readers in the US now will be able to enjoy different bragging badges such as Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Ultimate over their less news-addicted friends.

How can i get started using the system of online badging ?

To start benefiting from the services of online badging you need to have your web history activated , you will earn badges as you click on articles in Google News. Both desktop and mobile clicks earn you badges.  watch this short video to learn more


Google news badges

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