The Internet Inept Mistake ReadWriteWeb for Facebook, Hilarity Ensues

readwriteweb_facebookDriver’s licenses exist to make sure people who can’t drive properly stay off the road, now I think we need a system to make sure people are capable of properly using the Internet.

Apparently, many Facebook users can’t grasp the idea of typing “facebook.com” into their address bar, or even bookmarking Facebook’s login page to easily get back to it. Instead, they’re Googling “Facebook login”.

On February 10, technology blog ReadWriteWeb published a story titled “Facebook Wants to Be Your One True Login.” It appears as the third search result if you put “Facebook login” into Google. For reasons I cannot comprehend, this is what many people are clicking on instead of “Login | Facebook,” the very first result on the page.

Now, ReadWriteWeb gives its readers the option of signing in with their Facebook login, among other services, to make commenting easier. Instead, people are confusing this as the login for Facebook.

Of course, they then find that they still haven’t been logged in to Facebook. So instead of realizing that ReadWriteWeb is not Facebook (the big logo at the top really should’ve tipped them off), they have flooded the story’s comments section with hundreds of complaints about how terrible this “new” Facebook design is, and threatening to go back to… MySpace.

All these comments have prompted ReadWriteWeb to place a little nugget of knowledge for those thinking they’ve landed at some alternate-dimension Facebook:

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.

So go on, read the comments. They’re hilarious.

And please, educate everyone you know about proper Internet usage. It will make life better for everyone.



9 Comments

  • Luis Paez-Pumar
    February 17, 2010

    I don’t even see how this is possible. However, I am terrifyingly glad it is.

  • Vanessa Friedman
    February 17, 2010

    I’m dying. I’m reading this in Bobst and making a scene because I can’t stop laughing. I know we’re not supposed to make fun of the Olds when it comes to the Internet, but COME ON PEOPLE. Thanks for this, Paul. You’re my favorite new Local writer.

  • Dan Rickmers
    February 17, 2010

    NO WAY. This has to be a big practical joke developed by people with too much time on their hands. I refuse to believe THAT many people would have been so confused by this.

  • Dan Rickmers
    February 17, 2010

    One person was like, “The new facebook is OK…” Which is the best, because that implies that this guy assessed ReadWriteWeb and deemed it to be similar enough to facebook to suit his needs.

  • Paul Sailer
    February 17, 2010

    @Vanessa: Yes! Getting someone to laugh in public from across the Internet has always been a goal of mine – now it’s been fulfilled!

    @Dan: I too was stunned by the huge number of people who managed to do it. But I have a friend who used to do Google searches to get to websites (which drove me insane), and somehow ended up at porn when his goal was Yahoo!.

  • Tamara Whitehouse
    February 17, 2010

    I.. I know that things found on the internet should no longer surprise me, and neither should the extent of human stupidity, but.. oh wow.

  • Perry K
    February 17, 2010

    To demonstrate my astonishing and praiseworthy lack of internet ineptness, I’d like to point out the amusing fact that the url for this article is http://nyulocal.com/national/2010/02/17/middle-aged-women-mistake-readwriteweb-for-facebook-hilarity-ensues/ while the headline is a more politically correct “The Internet Inept Mistake ReadWriteWeb for Facebook, Hilarity Ensues”

    Feel free to delete my comment when you’ve fixed that :P

  • Paul Sailer
    February 17, 2010

    @Perry: Good catch. I originally had given it the title in the URL since most of the ReadWriteWeb comments seemed to be from middle-aged women. But as it made its way onto the site, the title was changed to the more PC (and better) title you see above. Not really sure how the URL mixup happened though.

  • Kristina Lustig
    February 18, 2010

    Hahahahaha this is so beautiful. Thank you NYULocal.

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