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10 February 2010 @ 9pm

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Facebook Login is Hard: Welcome to Idiocracy

We saw an interesting phenomenon on ReadWriteWeb today. My colleague Mike Melanson wrote a post about Facebook Connect, which now shows up as the #1 search results on Google News and also as a new result on Google’s main search engine.

That – by itself – wouldn’t be something out of the ordinary, but here is what happened: suddenly we got an influx of tens of thousands of confused Facebook users who thought that ReadWriteWeb was Facebook.It was similar to when we used to buy youtube views and immediately get thousands of people contacting us for information. These people actually thought that somebody had either bought or redesigned their precious Facebook and now Facebook got so hard to use that they couldn’t get to Farmville. There are now over 200 comments from confused Facebook users on this post.

Just image the thought process somebody would have to go through to think that RWW is Facebook:

“Oh – lets use the Google to check Facebook… let’s type in ‘facebook login’ here in this thing that shows me the Internet… oh look… there it says Facebook, let’s click on that… [opens up Mike’s Facebook posts – confusion sets it] Hmm… that looks red… weird… there is a lot of text… don’t want to read – too hard… just log in to Facebook… where’s my Facebook? They took my Facebook!!! [dazed and confused now, but scrolls down and sees Facebook Connect button we use for comments – feels more relaxed – clicks on Facebook Connect link, pop-up comes up and puts in credentials that are written on post-it next to screen] Damn… now I’m back on this page – what the f&ck? There is all this text here… can’t comprehend… they really took my Facebook… where is Farmville? Petville? It’s all gone. They f*&(ing redesigned Facebook again…

Just look at comments like this:

  • 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!!!
  • Can we log into face book? This is crazy I want to get all my info off and be done with this. I recently moved from MN to SC Myrtle Beach and facebook was a great way to keep in touch with family and friends but this is getting to be to difficult.
  • I don’t like the new facebook. Why fix something that isn’t broken. this really sucks..
  • I LOVE FACE BOOK CONNECTED W/PEOPLE I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL W/ESPECIALY ONE CLOSE FRIEND.KNOW LET ME LOG IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • WHAT THE HELL IS GOIN ON WITH THIS FACEBOOK.. FIRST YOU WANNA CHARGE NA YOU WANNA NOT LET US LOG IN….. UGH STOP CHANGIN IT I LIKE THE OLD FB…. IF YOU ARE THE NEW OWNER YOU SUCK AND I WISH YOU WOULD CREATE UR OWN SHTY AND LEAVE FB ALONE LOSER………
  • I hate all this changing. Just looking for a way to log in.This is very frustrating!! This is ridiculous. Are you looking for people to get disgusted and use another site

And here is the kicker – some people actually liked the “new” Facebook…

Reminder: If you are Reading this, You Live in a Bubble

It just boggles my mind how dumb and illiterate (and I’m not saying this lightly) these people would have to be to think that ReadWriteWeb is Facebook. We even put up a disclaimer on the site explaining how RWW is not Facebook.

It’s sad to see how many people are this illiterate, but the same time, this is also a good example how those of us that roam the Internet every day are not representative of the majority of people online.

Just look at those comments – some of these people complain that they just learned how to use Facebook. If you are reading this, you probably sign up for a new service every day and know exactly what Facebook Connect does… but compared to these people, that makes you a digital savant – a giant among man who walks tall among the Farmville users on  Facebook.

Given that all of these people logged into Facebook, I managed to check out quite a few of their profiles. These are normal people – often with a basic college education – they could be your neighbors. But for them, the Internet is magic and while might consider Facebook as little more than training wheels for the Internet, for these people it’s just magic – and Facebook is the David Copperfield of the Internet that connects them to their old high-school friends and Petville.