Read Write Web and the Facebook Login Fiasco
I was recently listening to TWIT 235 (This Week in Tech) with Leo Laporte and I laughed at people who did a Google search for “Facebook Login” they got to this page on ReadWriteWeb. The article was title “Facebook Wants to Be Your One True Login”. People who found the site through Google thought they were on the Facebook Login Page and started leaving comments that they couldn’t login to Facebook.
The comments ranged from
- “when can we log in?”
- “please give me back the old facebook login this is crazy……………..”
- “This is such a mess I can’t do a thing on my facebook .The changes you have made are ridiculous,I can’t even login!!!!!I am very upset!!!”
- “Why has the url changed to readwriteweb? I can’t comment on my friends walls or even read their walls. And how do I log in or update my status?”
This forced ReadWriteWeb to post the following message
Dear visitors from Google. This site is not Facebook. This is a website called ReadWriteWeb that reports on news about Facebook and other Internet services. You can however click here and become a Fan of ReadWriteWeb on Facebook, to receive our updates and learn more about the Internet. To access Facebook right now, click here. For future reference, type “facebook.com” into your browser address bar or enter “facebook” into Google and click on the first result. We recommend that you then save Facebook as a bookmark in your browser.
The craziest thing is that a large number of the comments were made using Facebook accounts. This served to remind me that I live in a a tech bubble and my understanding and use of technology is not the norm.