Facebook users….Where are these people from?
I was just reading my morning (e)mail the other day when I came across this article by ReadWriteWeb which discusses how “Facebook Wants To Be Your One True Login”. The article itself was somewhat interesting, nothing too out of the ordinary, but, then I got down to the comments…
These comments included things like:
- Ok If I have to I will comment,I love facebook so right now just want to log in if thats ok with you..lol Keep up the good work…
- ok cool now can I get to facebook
- The new facebook sucks> NOW LET ME IN.
- when can we log in?
- I was just learning,why would you mess it up?
Apparently, there are A LOT of Facebook users that don’t know the difference between a Search Engine (i.e. Google) and the browsers address bar (Have a look at We May Be Overestimating How Much Web Users Know for more on this). So for many, they go to Google and type in “Facebook” or “Facebook Login” in order to access Facebook. Which might be okay sometimes but, this particular story by ReadWriteWeb had made it to the top (or near the top) of the Google search results for those searches. So people were typing their search in, clicking on the top (or one of the top) links to be returned by Google and just assuming that it was Facebook. Forget for a moment that it looks nothing like Facebook (see image above), that the URL is completely different, etc.
For real amusement read through some of the 30 plus pages of comments. Also note that ReadWriteWeb had to add the following section to their article just to make it less confusing for the easily confused.
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.