Those Gray Google News Badges Are A Tease

Jul 27, 2011 • 8:39 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Gray Google News BadgeA couple weeks ago, Google announced Google News badges. Since then, there has been tremendous confusion about the badges.

The ongoing Google News Help thread has dozens of people asking why their badges don't show up. People are asking how the news badges are unlocked and how you share them. It does not seem that clear for many.

Because of the confusion, Harvey from Google clarified that the early badge you see in your Google News Badge section is a placeholder badge. It is a gray badge to kind of tease you to earn the bronze badges, to tease you to earn more badges.

Harvey from Google made to points of clarification:

  • When you first get started with Google News Badges you'll see a sample badge that appears in gray. This is a placeholder until you earn some actual badges. When you receive a Bronze level badge, you've achieved your first actual badge.
  • There seems to be some confusion about whether or not opening up a story in a new tab will count towards your badges. To make sure these stories are counted, make sure your Google News settings are set to automatically open stories in a new tab. You can find instructions to make this change at the link below.

Also, it appears that reading Google News through RSS or Google Alerts do not count for badges.

Forum discussion at Google News Help.

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Black Seo Guy

07/27/2011 01:53 pm

call me late, but this is the first time me hearing about this. Let me go do some research and see exactly how I can get started with it. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"

Max Beggelman

07/27/2011 07:44 pm

Glad to know I wasn't the only one confused by the unshareable gray badge. Looks like it was at least effective at giving Badges a second shot in the news cycle, though - all the better to get people using the future of G+, as described in my article here: Excited to see what their next move will be.

Home Remedies MD

07/28/2011 01:45 am

I am hoping my site can become a Google news site so I can get me one of those badges on my site

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