The Huffington Post, in a bid to incorporate more social media for users on its site, has started giving out badges to its loyal readers as a new way to recognize and empower them. The site is currently holding out badges for 3 types of online activity: Superusers who comment and share HuffPo stories via Facebook and Twitter, Networkers who collects a lot of fans and followers and Moderators who flags inappropriate comments.
Huffington Post launched its HuffPost Social News network last year which allows readers to log in with their Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Yahoo ids. The site has over 800,000 readers with HuffPost Social News profiles who leave more than 2 million comments a month. The readers with Moderator badges will be able to flag and delete comments. Huffington Post says that most of its growth comes from readers sharing links on social networking sites and it aggressively promotes Facebook and Twitter buttons on the site to bring more traffic from social networks to drive its growth.