I cannt log int facebook anymor!!!!



  • Not everyone uses bookmarks, or remembers URLs.  For them, going to a website means typing it into Google, and clicking on the results. All things concidered, that isn't completely unreasonable. I've done it myself for tricky domains that I infrequently frequnt. I've seen one too many ad-ladened and/or phisy typo-squatters, and sometimes can't remember if it's example.com or theexample.com or examples.com.  (I also can't keep Matthew Good and Dave Matthews straight, but that's just me).

    So one day, some poor schlub puts up an article about some single-signon something Facebook was putting together:

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/facebook_wants_to_be_your_one_true_login.php

     You'll notice the keywords that appear in the article title (as well as liberally peppered throughout the article).  [b]Facebook[/b] and [b]login[/b].

    Given that you're all smart cookies, I'm sure you see where this is going.  In case you have cookies disabled, allow me to quote the second paragraph of the article that was added in at a later date:

    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.

    A reasonable request and a sound piece of advice.  But it begs two questions:

    1) Were that many people actually mistaking his article for Facebook's new login page?

    2) How did he find out.

    If you'd like to find out the answer, and/or have some faith in humanity that you'd like to visciously rape and murder, scroll down to the comment section of the article.

     



  • This is just as bad as that gigantic sms in java thread.



  • @Lorne Kates said:

    domains that I infrequently frequent
     

    Clever.



  • @Lorne Kates said:

    A reasonable request and a sound piece of advice.  But it begs two questions:

    1) Were that many people actually mistaking his article for Facebook's new login page?

    2) How did he find out.

     

    People were bitching in the comments. This all happened in February, so you're 6 weeks late!

    The funniest thing is that some of the comments are by people who were logged into Facebook. They probably type "facebook login" into the URL bar, which does a "I'm feeling lucky" search and usually gets them to the facebook login page.



  • @Lorne Kates said:

    For them, going to a website means typing it into Google, and clicking on the results.

    Yeah I know someone who does that. He goes to google.com, types in YouTube and clicks on the first result. Hell, it would be easier to type YouTube in the search toolbar and click the first result... or even easier, just type YouTube in the address bar (which does a "I'm feeling lucky" search on sane browsers).



  • @Lorne Kates said:

    (I also can't keep Matthew Good and Dave Matthews straight, but that's just me).

     

     I have the same problem with Rich Little and Little Richard.

     Also Dan Quayle and Danny Partridge.

     And, for different reasons, David Arquette and Luke Wilson.



  • @Lorne Kates said:

    If you'd like to find out the answer, and/or have some faith in humanity that you'd like to visciously rape and murder, scroll down to the comment section of the article.

    Actually, while the first page or two were pretty depressing, press on and you may find your faith in (at least a reasonable portion of) humanity somewhat restored. I particularly like comment #342 (#317 is also pretty entertaining - Nigerian scam parody):

    Hello friends,

    This is the President of the Internet. On behalf of the internet, we are all deeply sorry for the pain we have caused so many. We understand how important Facebook is to so many Americans around the world, and we are working tirelessly, at the internet factory, to rectify the issue. Our top rocket scientists have narrowed things down to two possible solutions:

    1. Several supercomputers will upload data to a giant satellite that will then communicate with a second satellite currently in orbit. Together, these two satellites will form a giant laser beam that will then communicate with the internet. We're confident about this one.

    2. A second solution would be to GO TO FACEBOOK.COM!

    Sincerely,
    Internet

    Or the short and sweet version (#360):

    I am outraged that you won't just let me log in to Facebook. I'm going to call my lawyer just as soon as I figure out how to use a phone.

    Seriously, read the comments. They're about evenly distributed between "I can't log into Facebook LET ME IN!", "OMG I can't believe you people are so stupid" and actual funny responses. Which is a better ratio than most places, I suppose.



  • Probably related: that site doesn't let me log into thedailywtf.com either.  Does anyone know when a fix is expected?



  • @aesis said:

    Probably related: that site doesn't let me log into thedailywtf.com either.  Does anyone know when a fix is expected?

    That's a feature.



  •  What I'd like to know is: what percentage of people who find that blog via a goole search for facebook are commenting demanding to know why they can't log in? That'd be the real 'faith in humanity' test.If google searches for 'facebook' have sent 200,000 people to the page but only 2500 people have posted, that's ... well, ok, it's still bad, but it's not that bad. On the other hand, if Google has only sent 3,000 people there...



  • @PeriSoft said:

    If google searches for 'facebook' have sent 200,000 people to the page but only 2500 people have posted, that's ... well, ok, it's still bad, but it's not that bad. On the other hand, if Google has only sent 3,000 people there...
     

    The ratio of visitors/commenters is always real damn high on any kind of online feedback system, be it blog comments or quick digg it links or ordinary feedback forms. You'll never get numbers like 3000/2500.



  • @dhromed said:

    @PeriSoft said:

    If google searches for 'facebook' have sent 200,000 people to the page but only 2500 people have posted, that's ... well, ok, it's still bad, but it's not that bad. On the other hand, if Google has only sent 3,000 people there...
     

    The ratio of visitors/commenters is always real damn high on any kind of online feedback system, be it blog comments or quick digg it links or ordinary feedback forms. You'll never get numbers like 3000/2500.

     

    Plus the kind of people who don't instantly recognize that the site's not Facebook aren't going to be able to figure out how to post a comment either.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    Plus the kind of people who don't instantly recognize that the site's not Facebook aren't going to be able to figure out how to post a comment either.

     

    Then how do you explain the people that posted a comment anonymously, then two minutes later posted another comment from their Facebook account?

    I counted at least three of them on the first few pages.



  •  @blakeyrat said:

    @dhromed said:

    @PeriSoft said:

    If google searches for 'facebook' have sent 200,000 people to the page but only 2500 people have posted, that's ... well, ok, it's still bad, but it's not that bad. On the other hand, if Google has only sent 3,000 people there...
     

    The ratio of visitors/commenters is always real damn high on any kind of online feedback system, be it blog comments or quick digg it links or ordinary feedback forms. You'll never get numbers like 3000/2500.

     

    Plus the kind of people who don't instantly recognize that the site's not Facebook aren't going to be able to figure out how to post a comment either.

    Obviously at least a couple of thousand people did, though. That's what's so interesting.

    If the ratio of visitors:commenters is something like 1000:1, and the ratio of people who wanted to complain about not being able to log in but couldn't figure out how to comment: those who actually DID comment is, say, 500:1, that means half the people who accidentally ended up at the blog aren't bright enough to figure out that it is a blog.

    Of course, those numbers are completely pulled out of my ass, but even if they're an order of magnitude too pessimistic, it's still pretty depressing.



  • The Gopher one is mine.

    In any case, this is of course nothing new. Back on that dreadful day in September 2001, the most common search was 'cnn'.

    Google 9/11 Zeitgeist



  • @Aaron said:

    Then how do you explain the people that posted a comment anonymously, then two minutes later posted another comment from their Facebook account?

    The blog comment UI allows to login with FB credentials to identify themselves. You



  • @Aaron said:

    Then how do you explain the people that posted a comment anonymously, then two minutes later posted another comment from their Facebook account?

    The blog comment UI allows to login with FB credentials to identify themselves. You don't have to go to



  • @Aaron said:

    Then how do you explain the people that posted a comment anonymously, then two minutes later posted another comment from their Facebook account?

    The blog comment UI allows to login with FB credentials to identify themselves. You don't have to go to facebook for



  • @alegr said:

    @Aaron said:

    Then how do you explain the people that posted a comment anonymously, then two minutes later posted another comment from their Facebook account?

    The blog comment UI allows to login with FB credentials to identify themselves. You don't have to go to facebook for

    Has alegr discovered the William Shatner style of posting?

    Heh, 'sall good.



  • 10/10

    Epic, beyond words.



  • @Nexzus said:

    @alegr said:

    @Aaron said:

    Then how do you explain the people that posted a comment anonymously, then two minutes later posted another comment from their Facebook account?

    The blog comment UI allows to login with FB credentials to identify themselves. You don't have to go to facebook for

    Has alegr discovered the William Shatner style of posting?

    Heh, 'sall good.

    I'll blame it on my laptop's clitoris. Too sensitive. And on the Community Server, of course.


  • @Zemm said:

    This all happened in February, so you're 6 weeks late!

    As best I can tell (trying to separate out the trolls) people were still complaining about not being able to log in to Facebook as recently as yesterday


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