×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Google Launches News Badges

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the this-must-be-the-decade-of-sharing-literally-everything dept.

Google 112

theodp writes "Does it make you sad that you're too grown up to earn Scouting Merit Badges? Well, thanks to the PhDs at Google, you can now start earning Google News badges as you read articles about your favorite topics. The more you read, the higher rank you'll attain; Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and finally, Ultimate. They say, 'Your badges are private by default, but if you want, you can share your badges with your friends. Tell them about your news interests, display your expertise, start a conversation or just plain brag about how well-read you are.'"

cancel ×
This is a preview of your comment

No Comment Title Entered

Anonymous Coward 1 minute ago

No Comment Entered

112 comments

Obligatory: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36787734)

Re:Obligatory: (-1, Troll)

RoFLKOPTr (1294290) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787782)

Parent is Rick Roll. Here's the real one:

We don't need no stinking badgers! [youtube.com]

We don't need no badges. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36787892)

Re:We don't need no badges. (1)

jshackney (99735) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788210)

<sigh> Parent is the real one.

Re:We don't need no badges. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36789208)

Does it make you sad that you're too grown up to earn Scouting Merit Badges? Well, thanks to the PhDs at Google, you can now start earning Google News badges as you read articles about your favorite topics.

I sure hope Google can do a better job of keeping the faggots out than the Scouts did.

Gee, why would gay men want to be Boy Scout leaders? So badly that they'll launch multiple lawsuits to force themselves where they are so clearly not wanted? I dunno, that sure is a tough one to figure out. I am sure their intentions are pure.

What kind of dumbass wants to be where they're not wanted anyway? Why the fuck would you take someone to court to force them to let you be there when you could instead find people who do want you and go there? It just makes no goddamned sense. Am I really a space alien or something? Half the shit people do makes no fucking sense to me whatsoever...

Porn badge. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36787760)

I've got a platinum badge in pornography. Cleveland Steamer stories are always read.

This is stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36787776)

How does reading the news make you an expert on anything other than reading news?

Re:This is stupid (5, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787818)

How does reading the news make you an expert on anything other than reading news?

I'll let you know as soon as I read a story that tells me the answer to your question.

Re:This is stupid (1, Insightful)

slick7 (1703596) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788148)

How does reading the news make you an expert on anything other than reading news?

I'll let you know as soon as I read a story that tells me the answer to your question.

It lets the government know which bottom feeders suck up everything that filters down from the top, thereby indicating if the programming is working or not.

Re:This is stupid (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788308)

Fox readers only read Fox and now they get a badge to show that they read Foxnews to their Fox friends.

Corporate News != Reading (2, Interesting)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787778)

Contrary to popular belief, reading news that is mass produced by large corporations with vested interests and that manipulate and actively suppress fact does not make you "well read".

Not even sophomoric. Books are real reading. I want badges for the number of science fiction books. I read four in the last two weeks!

These badges just prove that you're addicted to some thing that is new and always being updated. It's like refreshing on Slashdot for a new article to appear. At least I'll get a badge for wasting my time reading the news now! Facebook culture everywhere.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (2)

Ambvai (1106941) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787802)

Ignoring any arguments about mainstream journalism, at least it's a push to try and get people to read more news. People respond to the whole achievements system and this is being pointed towards something useful.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (2)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787826)

Any achievements system can be gamed.
For every online chufty badge, a bot WILL be written to exploit it. No exceptions.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788152)

I wonder if there would be Chinese badge farmers.

They might be a bit handicapped for any "Tiananmen" related campaigns...

"Well read" (3, Insightful)

traindirector (1001483) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787850)

Exactly--a preoccupation with "news" stories is the opposite of being well read. Being well read involves understanding the depths of artistic works / events. News stories provide the opposite, especially from the establishment media. They provide surface-level summaries of what some people have said that generally serve corporate and political interests.

I don't think anyone's immune to being interested in the latest happenings, waiting for some great or tragic event to bolster or destroy a cause or bring salvation or damnation. But this superficiality works against a true understanding of what's going on, and such a reward system incentivizes chasing "what's new" over what's true or what's good.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787860)

I for one like these new badges and their ability for me recognize useless people more easily.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788144)

The fact that someone clicks on a News article link doesn't mean that he's going to read it too...There will be quite a few who will exploit this so expect lots of Ultimate badges very soon.

science fiction doesnt either (5, Insightful)

decora (1710862) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788068)

lets take "magnetar capital" for example.

there has been one book that discusses this little hedge fund, its called EConned (which grew out of a blog called nakedcapitalism.com).

on the other hand there have been a half-dozen news stories about it, some of the first being in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

there have been pretty much zero science fiction books that deal with financial engineering, credit derivatives, tranched securities, and everything else related to the financial crisis.

there are a lot of good reporters working for the 'corporate media', including louise story and gillian tett.

---------

i could also talk about the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group Files, which were originally found by an 'independent researcher', but later more thoroughly examined by someone who had worked for the LA Times.

i dont think there are any science fiction books about the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group Files.

Re:science fiction doesnt either (2)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788130)

Ah well, don't mind it. The "everything in the news is biased bullshit" is just another one of those faux-cynic memes spouted around here daily. It's working along the same lines as the "all politicians are equal"-meme. Doesn't help dealing with reality, but it won't go away either. Like the smell of piss in a derelict subway station.

Re:science fiction doesnt either (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36790904)

Actually, there is a sci-fi series around financial manipulations, called The Jump 225 Series. It centers around a literally reality-altering program that can predict the future... and let you pick the best one. Tonnes of politics, financial dealings, etc.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788078)

Books are real reading. I want badges for the number of science fiction books. I read four in the last two weeks!

How soon will Google actually know what books you've read recently and be able to give badges based on that? I give it five years at most. ;)

Reading list (1)

traindirector (1001483) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788124)

With digital book platforms where your purchases along with page numbers and dates are stored, you might be right on.

It will be a sad day when there is no way to legally obtain and read a new book without having your name attached to it in a database... if we let that happen.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788122)

Luckily, only newspaper publishers are controlled by corporations with vested interests, so readers of books are entirely safe...

The assertion that much of contemporary journalism is rubbish at best and propaganda at worst is hardly false; but it isn't as though the economics of other information-dissemination media, especially the ones with relatively high costs or natural-monopolies in infrastructure are any different.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (3, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788160)

just going in on a specific genre doesn't make you well read either. reading exclusively scifi and fantasy just makes you a dork idiot, too, though if you have time there's no reason why you shouldn't have read potters, if only to rip on it's stupid text and print edit techniques which are straight from elementary school to increase page count. some news give some context for reading some books though, like potters.. but it's different kind of reading when you read the news, because current events after all are current events and updates on past current events are still news. if you want to list what you've read in the past 4 weeks go ahead, it's easy enough, nobody's going to give a crap though and nobody's going to give a crap about these badges. though, how long till someone codes a firefox extension that gets you the badge levels?

Re:Corporate News != Reading (1)

gregrah (1605707) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789894)

If you're going to make a statement like this...

reading exclusively scifi and fantasy just makes you a dork idiot

...you probably don't want to follow it up immediately with a statement like this...

though if you have time there's no reason why you shouldn't have read potters, if only to rip on it's stupid text and print edit techniques which are straight from elementary school to increase page count.

... because reading through several thousand pages of text only to blog about how bad the typesetting is seems a lot like something the comic book guy on the Simpsons would do. :)

Re:Corporate News != Reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36790246)

just going in on a specific genre doesn't make you well read either. reading exclusively scifi and fantasy just makes you a dork idiot

Eh.

"Science fiction and Fantasy" is a remarkably broad swath of genres. With them you can gain histories (alternate ones which also have you learn SOME of the real history), mysteries, romance, dramas, poetry, comedy, horror, essays (some science fiction and fantasy books are remarkably preachy), and so on and so forth.

It doesn't really matter what genre you prefer since, realistically, nearly every genre can overlap with another. Science fiction and fantasy are just easier to overlap since their essential qualities don't really negate any other genre except nonfiction from being added.

And yes I did just google "lists of genres" and choose the first choice for the genre list.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (2)

mat catastrophe (105256) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788164)

Were your science-fiction books not also "mass produced by large corporations with vested interests and that manipulate and actively suppress fact"? Could they possibly be publishing fiction with themes that reinforce the same sort of effect you find reprehensible in the media?

Sci-fi has a long history of being written by reactionary, patriarchal, authoritarian people, you know.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789084)

Contrary to popular belief, reading news that is mass produced by large corporations with vested interests and that manipulate and actively suppress fact does not make you "well read"

In fact, that would make you dangerously misinformed.

There are so few commercially viable sources for news that does not stick to a purely corporate agenda that it's almost impossible for the average reader to find one. The publishing industry has been consolidated (like every single other industry in the United States) with the expressed purpose (expressed at least once that I know of in a Wall Street Journal article from the 1980's that I'm trying to track down) of making sure that media outlets that do not stick to the company line cannot exist in the marketplace.

Now this has absolutely nothing to do with the FCC (I can already hear the right-leaning brains straining to find blame therein). It's not a matter of not being able to get space on the broadcast spectrum or access to licenses or anything. Those are available. It's a matter of finding distribution, space on newsstands (yes they still exist) or ownership of a radio or TV station. In Washington DC, Glenn Beck is kept on a station with a 1 share, which means approximately one percent of the listening public tunes in to him. The entire station loses money. It is little more than a place holder to keep some non-corporate station off the air.

In Chicago, an independent company purchased a radio station in the early part of the century. A huge corporation bought up distant stations and turned them into 50,000 watt blowtorches, completely obliterating the signal after dark. In fact, if you're north of Foster Ave, and you tune into that frequency, you're going to get something called "Relevant Radio" which is a religious, right-wing, pro-corporate station that tailors the sound of its IDs and announcers to purposely confuse listeners into thinking that this is the "progressive station". Then you hear about how universal health care is anti-Christian.

Anyone who gets their news from commercial outlets, or corporate megaphones like the Huffington Post are being purposely misinformed. It's downright dangerous.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (2)

improfane (855034) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789174)

Another example of this was in the British newspaper industry in the 1960s. Working class newspapers faded from the market because corporate newspapers were able to raise more funding through advertisements.

You cannot compete against well funded.

Re:Corporate News != Reading (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789918)

Anyone who gets their news from commercial outlets, or corporate megaphones like the Huffington Post are being purposely misinformed. It's downright dangerous.

getting news from corp based 'talkers' *is* dangerous. I'd rather someone know nothing than know only propaganda.

Buying college/university radio stations (2)

traindirector (1001483) | more than 2 years ago | (#36790290)

What you say about radio stations is true. One of the newer tactics is enticing cash strapped colleges and universities to sell their radio stations/frequencies (usually to the great dismay of the communications department and the community). So instead of having a community service or an educational tool or both, you end up with something probably legally classified as a "religious nonprofit" set up as a repeater of some remotely-produced dogmafeed. [Did I just make that term up? No search engine results from the majors. I think it's appropriate for this type of station.]

How will this ever succeed in America? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36787788)

To be a functioning member of American society today, one cannot know anything about the news or recent events, especially those happening in some other part of the world. So how is this supposed to ever gain any following in America? American society is built around ignorance, and this is completely contradictory to that foundation.

I could see it at least applying in Europe or Asia, where almost everybody follows the news to some extent. But such badges would be pointless. In Europe and Asia, you don't have to have a fucking badge to show that you've got a minimum level of news comprehension skills. It's something that everybody is just assumed to have!

Re:How will this ever succeed in America? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36787856)

Plenty of Americans will get the badges from reading "news" about sports and entertainment.

Re:How will this ever succeed in America? (2)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788126)

most news IS ignorance, most media do not touch the important stuff. They'll blab for 5 minutes about a 10-deaths accident, or a 5-victims killer. Do YOU know how many people die each year in the US, and of what causes ? They'll rag on about 5% extra taxes.. do you know how much of those taxes are either wasted, or counterproductive ? etc, etc...

News is entertainment at best, political indoctrination at worst.

News is not culture, is not knowledge, is not wisdom. Especially the way it's done now.

Re:How will this ever succeed in America? (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788194)

not to mention, NOT watching news can be beneficial to your health.

my blood pressure level went back to normal after I stopped watching 'the news'.

otoh, what the hell am I still doing here, at slash. the 'daily rage' articles seem to nullify the misinformation we get on the network and print news. on 'professional' news, we get shit and can't believe what they say. on slash, we get some honest info (one way or another) but its usually depressing stuff. lose/lose.

insert(screw you guys, I'm going home)

Re:How will this ever succeed in America? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788418)

What dumb ass mother-fucker modded this drivel up?

Re:How will this ever succeed in America? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36790270)

What dumb ass mother-fucker modded this drivel up?

The truth hurts, doesn't it?

Web history mandatory. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36787796)

To get started with badges, visit Google News from a signed-in account with web history

Ha-ha. Fuck no.

I refuse to give up one of the few pieces of data about me that Google allows me to control... for a few pixels.

Re:Web history mandatory. (4, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787986)

I refuse to give up one of the few pieces of data about me that Google allows me to control... for a few pixels.

I feel much the same way.
But I'm giving it a week before someone creates a firefox/chrome plugin that will autosurf google news and earn you all 500 badges.

Wherever there are online badges, there are people who will cheat to get them.

Re:Web history mandatory. (5, Interesting)

jbn-o (555068) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788114)

I refuse to give up one of the few pieces of data about me that Google allows me to control... for a few pixels.

Madam what you are is clear, we are merely haggling over price.

not for apps users (2)

tero (39203) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787820)

Oh well look at that, yet another feature that Google Apps users will not be able to use.

It seems the best way to opt-out of new Google stuff is to become their customer - then you can't get on these things even if you wanted it.

Re:not for apps users (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788172)

that's only fitting since it's a marketing ploy out of last years marketing 101. you want to focus marketing on growth.

Badges? (5, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787824)

We don't need no stinkin' badges.

Re:Badges? (4, Funny)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787926)

They're for weak people who need others in order to validate their existence.

Now MOD ME UP DAMN YOU!!!! I NEED YOUR VALIDATION!!!

Re:Badges? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788450)

as you asked

Re:Badges? (-1, Redundant)

russotto (537200) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789928)

They're for weak people who need others in order to validate their existence.

Now MOD ME UP DAMN YOU!!!! I NEED YOUR VALIDATION!!!

ROTFL. I don't care about mod points either, I've got karma to burn. What I can't figure out is why my insights are modded informative, my informative posts are modded funny, and my jokes are modded troll... and when I do indulge in a bit of trolling, it's modded insightful.

How about dick badges next? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36787844)

Google already know everything about you including how big it is!

Badges... (4, Funny)

ChinggisK (1133009) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787854)

...badges badges badges badges badges badges badges mushroom mushroom MUSHROOM!

Re:Badges... (1)

supersloshy (1273442) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789462)

...badges badges badges badges badges badges badges badges badges badges badges badges mushroom MUSHROOM!

FTFY, too little badges and too many mushrooms.

This is about the dumbest idea I've seen from GOOG (1)

iMadeGhostzilla (1851560) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787866)

The mental process of you wanting to read a piece of news and so extend your awareness of the world is completely incompatible with the mental process of you trying to be done with a task in order to get abstract points. Seems to me that someone at Google who understands neither is trying to push social into news b/c their bonus depends on it.

Privacy Concerns Abated! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36787878)

>Your badges are private by default,

NOW who says Google doesn't listen to privacy concerns? :p

Making a script (1)

Lord Juan (1280214) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787880)

Great, I am going to make a Script that "reads" all kind of news on my behalf, then I will be know as an expert in "why badges are meaningless".

Good! (2, Interesting)

molnarcs (675885) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787882)

I know that there'll be a steady stream of snarky remarks about who ridiculous the whole idea is, but it's still a brilliant move. Due to my work, I'm in constant touch with the "new generation" - students in the range of 13-25. And they like this kind of stuff. Don't ask me why, but they are fascinated by the possibilities of exhibitionism on the Internet - "telling the world what you're doing" kinda of stuff. Had a girlfriend a few months back, and she loved Facebook of course, and location services. She loved to "check in" every place she went to, and let everybody know that she is there. Once we traveled to the south of the city, which is a huge area of mangrove forest. There's absolutely nothing there, just a very small and rather poor fishing village, lots of water, swamp, and thick mangrove forests. And when we arrived, she was trying to check in with her phone. Amazing! This is just one of the many reasons why our relationship was brief. But the point is, that young people love collecting things like that, even if it sounds ridiculous to some of us. I'm not that old actually (34), but I know many here are older than that ;)

Re:Good! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788080)

They are not fascinated. It is just peer pressure. If you do not have an interesting facebook profile you're not an interesting person and therefor you do not matter.
shallow, stupid, yes, but that is what peer pressure is.

Re:Good! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788966)

You and I are not the target audience for this. I could see it as interesting to do though. It is a point system. MS took a crap peering system (ms live) that cost money (all the others were free at the time) and made it the best on the net by putting a point system on it. Suddenly everyone wanted achievement points.

If you have 10 points you probably do not care about it. But if you have 10k in points you will defend it. You have time 'invested' in them. Same thing will happen here.

Re:Good! (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789982)

there's the peer pressure, sure; but they truly have been conditioned to think its perfectly fine to just write about yourself or do anything the corps want. they can't quite see that they are being used. later on, they will; but they are young enough to not quite be able to discern this.

Re:Good! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788478)

Wow. The basic thrust of your pointless rambling was to try to convince all of Slashdot that you, as a 34-year-old, (a) have a girlfriend, (b) have a girlfriend between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five and thus ten to twenty years younger than you are, and (c) have a girlfriend who, given that age range, has a fifty percent chance of being illegal in many states and a seventy-five percent chance of being too young to drink. But, you're posting on Slashdot, so point (a) is obviously a lie, and a fortiori all dependent points are obviously fictive. In other words, you post to Slashdot confessing that, at the age of thirty-four, when people with lives and chances to pass on their genetic material have long ago been married and had kids, you're fantasizing about dating someone far too young and, according to your story, far too flaky to be of interest to you, unless your emotional development really is stunted at a teenage level, and for the sake of boosting your ego you're posting your fantasies to Slashdot.

The only thing more pathetic is that I'm responding to you as one of Slashdot's legion of Anonymous Cowardons.

Re:Good! (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789954)

Due to my work, I'm in constant touch with the "new generation" - students in the range of 13-25. And they like this kind of stuff. Don't ask me why, but they are fascinated by the possibilities of exhibitionism on the Internet - "telling the world what you're doing" kinda of stuff.

here's my insight (don't laugh too much, ok) - I frequent some of the deals/coupons sites (where users post urls of deals, sales, discounts, freebies and then 'defend' their post, etc). its interesting to see how people will so *easily* give out info or do some degrading thing for a free goodie. and I'm finding that the 'kids' (ob: goml) are more than willing to ignore any privacy issues or cautions. they'll exhibit for a corporation. they'll get in line, to (sometimes literally).

society is just not *used* to the internet age, yet. we have not gone thru it, suffered thru the privacy issues, long enough to know better. yet. and so the corps are taking advantage of that and having a virtual field day with this. a very willing audience that will 'play along' if you give a shinytoy to them of some kind of another.

even have them dress like cows with the company name printed on you and walk thru the mall that way just to get a free lunch entre (that was a real life example, btw).

Pretty cool idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36787890)

People like unlocking 'achievements'.
Google is offering them for not being an illiterate moron.

Next up. Ones for not being a fat lazy fucker. Not being a corrupt evil moron. Not being a douchebag.

Sad that we need such a thing. But i guess it's a start.

What Now Slashdot? (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787946)

Oh sure, for years now Slashdot has been railing on about how great Google is and how they are the Messiah company of the modern computing industry. But now what? Now that Google has produced a direct competitor to Slashdot's famous Karma-whoring....errrrr....Karma building system will you still sing their praises?

Eh Taco? Is Google still the bell of the Slashdot ball or are you going to jump in bed with Jobs and Balmer now and start harpooning Google since they are about to eat your Karma building lunch?

Oh who am I kidding, we 'dotters are far too paranoid to partake in such a scheme fun by Google.

=D

Re:What Now Slashdot? (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788740)

how is karma (/. version) even close to this?

beign modded up or down BY OUR MOSTLY GEEK PEERS is actually quite appealing to most of us.

being modded as 'expert' by some corp (single corp, a mega powerful and scary one, at that) has less than zero appeal to me.

Re:What Now Slashdot? (1)

iMadeGhostzilla (1851560) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789042)

single corp, a mega powerful and scary one, at that

Add "scared" and "angry" to it.

I hope Google will get over this social thing and focus back on providing good data mining and organizing tools. There is such thing as "core competency" and for Google social it ain't.

Obligatory Web Comic (4, Funny)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 2 years ago | (#36787980)

The future is one step closer: courtesy of SMBC [smbc-comics.com].

Re:Obligatory Web Comic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788236)

Kill the heretic!

Re:Obligatory Web Comic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36789198)

Also: Obligatory quote:

Jake Green: "There is something about yourself that you don't know. Something that you will deny even exists, until it's too late to do anything about it. It's the only reason you get up in the morning. The only reason you suffer the shitty job, the blood, the sweat and the tears. This is because you want people to know how good, attractive, generous, funny, wild and clever you really are. Fear or revere me, but please, think I'm special.
We share an addiction. We're approval junkies. We're all in it for the slap on the back and the gold watch. The hip-hip-hoo-fuckin' rah. Look at the clever boy with the badge, polishing his trophy. Shine on you crazy diamond, because we're just monkeys wrapped in suits, begging for the approval of others.
"
-- Revolver (2005, Guy Richie) [Epic fuckin' movie. But requires serious brainpower. That's why the fucktards don't like it. They are simply too retarded to get the plot.]

P.S.: I decided, I'm not gonna give a fuck about the approval of others.

Merit=Use of Google Products (1)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788030)

Soon, they'll have badges for how many emails you send from Gmail, how many circles you have in Google+, how many searches you preform in a day, and, most importantly, how many adds you view in a day.

Can someone help me? (2)

dtmos (447842) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788118)

Why would:

(a) My friends be interested in my news interests? I'm not interested in theirs. . .except under unusual circumstances, when I'll just ask them myself. . . .
(b) I want to display my expertise, start a conversation or just plain brag about how well-read I am? Wouldn't that just drive any (remaining) friends away?
(c) I want to give Google a signed-in account with web history, and permission to track me in even greater detail?

I confess that this type of stuff just baffles me completely. What's the attraction?

Re:Can someone help me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788226)

"I confess that this type of stuff just baffles me completely. What's the attraction?"

Why would anyone create a facebook account to tell all their friend in real time what they're eating for lunch, letting all the data be sold to the highest bidder?

Yet 600 million people have done so.

I think it's because most people don't value the same things geeks do. In talking to non-geek friends I see clearly that privacy means nothing to them. And why should it? Outside of unusual cases, having a facebook or google+ account causes no harm to most people. Thus, they do not worry about it. It makes a certain amount of rational sense.

Re:Can someone help me? (2)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788268)

I want to display my expertise, start a conversation or just plain brag about how well-read I am? Wouldn't that just drive any (remaining) friends away?

While I agree that bragging about how well-read you are will probably just piss folks off, there is nothing wrong with wanting to display your expertise. If you've worked hard to get to a certain point in your life, and you have developed a certain level of intimate knowledge on a particular subject, that would certainly be a lifetime achievement that you would probably be proud to show off from time to time.

That's not to say that you should be a giant d-bag and start every sentence with, "Well, I am an expert in ....." But speaking intelligently on a subject that is relevant to your expertise is perfectly acceptable. For instance, if you work in the space industry, then you can offer a fairly unique insight when your friends start talking about the end of the Space Shuttle program and what it means for America's future space exploration activities. Similar situations could occur for doctors with regards to insight on the healthcare debate, environmental science majors with insight on the climate change controversy, and so on.

Displaying your expertise shouldn't drive your friends away unless you are a smug wanker about it.

Re:Can someone help me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36789108)

Displaying your expertise shouldn't drive your friends away unless you are a smug wanker about it.

Slashdot is a primarily US-based site. Displaying your knowledge in the US is paramount to saying "I am a socialist liberal who wants to kill babies" for some reason.

Re:Can someone help me? (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#36790020)

I confess that this type of stuff just baffles me completely. What's the attraction?

for kids of scouting age, the same question applies, to some degree. maybe its human nature that wants to show that you paid dues, moved up and can now show it.

do you have a college degree? do you show it/frame it? some people display theirs.

lawyers can be 'esquire'. fancy fucking name. show-off. its a badge.

humans like to show off. news at 11.

Market research (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788136)

Wow, looks like google is doing market research for "news" to the lowest common denominator.
This will be fun to watch.

Source? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788150)

What about following the link to read those news from some other place, even owned by google, like the search engine itself, mail, google reader or even google+ ?

Even if this have any kind of meaning (except the obvious promoting one of their experiments/projects/profit sources/whatever that is lowering the amount of visitors), they should be consistent and integrated along all their platform.

Badges? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788270)

We ain't got no badges! We don't need no stinking badges!

mod 3own (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36788398)

best. IndividuAls

What's next? (1)

Holammer (1217422) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788526)

Youtube and Google+ badges? Maybe for a future Google Games? That'd make sense. But the cynic in me sees this as nothing but a glorified tracking cookie to build the ultimate user profile.

social privacy (1)

creativeHavoc (1052138) | more than 2 years ago | (#36788882)

It looks to me as if this is a good way to bring forward information google already knows about you, but in doing so, making it as fun and potentially social as possible

Starcraft ladder? (1)

pasv (755179) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789004)

Um is it just me or does it seem like they're applying the Starcraft 2 ladder's ranking system? Embarrassing

2010 Google April Fools' Day Hoax=2011 Innovation (4, Informative)

theodp (442580) | more than 2 years ago | (#36789202)

ReaderAdvantage Program [wikipedia.org]: As a 2010 April Fools' Day joke, Google announced a reward program for Google Reader known as ReaderAdvantage [google.com], in which points accumulated by users for reading items could earn them Novice, Gold, Platinum, or Totally Sweet Badges, which Google revealed was a goof [google.com].

Re:2010 Google April Fools' Day Hoax=2011 Innovati (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#36790040)

good find!

so, the april fools joke in 2010 ended up being an announced product the year later.

are we supposed to laugh? with them? or at them?

Re:2010 Google April Fools' Day Hoax=2011 Innovati (1)

discord5 (798235) | more than 2 years ago | (#36790212)

are we supposed to laugh? with them? or at them?

I think the joke's on the user

Obligatory (2)

jawahar (541989) | more than 2 years ago | (#36790880)

"If you don't read a newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read a newspaper, you are misinformed." Mark Twain
Load More Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...