When you look at Stackoverflow's recent tags you'll see that some have a little favicon in front of them. Conspicuously the affected tags are mostly Google products (android, google-chrome, google-drive-sdk, google-plus, ...).

Why is that?

  • well, aside from the illuminati thing you are thinking about, mostly because google products have an icon and the c++ language for example hasnt a offical one ( my stupid believe )
    – Najzero
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 8:12
  • cuda, gpu, gpgpu also have 'favicons'
    – W55tKQbuRu28Q4xv
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 8:12
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    Do you think - for example - Apple-related tags don't have one because Apple doesn't allow to use their icons?
    – johk95
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 8:15
  • Microsoft also involved, see azure. :) Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 9:41
  • @Najzero well apparently - from the answers - it seems he wasn't so wrong about that illuminati thing. Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 19:38

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These tags are sponsored. A lot of the Facebook and Adobe tags have this as well.

Basically, the company pays for the little icon and an ad in the tag page.

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    That's very smart of Stackoverflow. That's a subtle way of doing advertisement
    – John Max
    Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 12:28

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