I try not to repost here much, but this still-ongoing incident is too amazing to pass up. Have a look at this blog post on ReadWriteWeb, a popular information technology blog. If you’re going “Okay, it makes some good points, but so what?”, bear with me and look at the comments. The first one goes like this:
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…
And the rest keep going in that vein:
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. (Page 1, comment #20)
All I wanted to do was LOG IN TO MY FACE BOOK ACCOUNT! I don’t like this new way! “If it an’t broke why fix it?” (Page 1, comment #37)
Seams like all of the comets i read agree with me you people messed up royal i was enjoying facebook now i am thinking of getting rid of it all (Page 1, comment #48)
All this against a background of “login plz” and “HEEEEEELLLLLLP!!!!1111!!!” See all those little F’s by their names? These people are commenting using their Facebook IDs. These are people who did a Google search for “facebook login,” found this blog entry because it’s a high-traffic blog and thus shows up high on the list of results, and thought that ReadWriteWeb was a redesigned Facebook. As I write this, there are 45 pages of comments.
And, from across the interwebs, internet users heard the siren song of snark bait, and they answered the call.
I’m confused. I just want to log into my facebooks. I typed log in and I came here. Obviously since this is the only way to enter the Facebooks, you have broken the internet. Who’s gonna manage my farm now??? How’m I gonnna know what 80’s cartoon character best matches my love life?? Damn it ReadWriteWeb… who gave you the right?
This better get fixed before my iPad comes in. (Page 30, comment #998)
I’ve been looking for a book to place my face in. Is this the correct place? (Page 40, comment #984)
I really don’t like the new facebook.
The interface is confusing to use. You’ve changed the logins, the layout, the URL, the IP address, and the whois database entry. It almost feels like an entirely different site.
Please fix this at once. (Page 42, comment #077)
I learned one interesting fact from this whole incident: When a blog gets to 1000 comments, the comment counter resets at 0. Aside from that, it’s a reminder that yes, there really are people on the internet who are that clueless.
I find this hard to comprehend. Yes, I know that I’m part of a generation that grew up with computers and that older people find them hard to learn, but what is it about computers that makes simple sets of instructions so difficult for them to understand? I’m assuming that, if I gave these people directions to my house, 99% of them would be able to get there, so why can’t they follow directions to get to Facebook? It isn’t like it’s obscure or hard to find. But a thousand times more baffling is their inability to tell that they’re in the wrong place. Surely, if they followed directions to my house (having been there before) and got to a house that looked different and had different people living in it, they would realize that it was the wrong house and go look for the right one, rather than assuming that I had moved and a new family had moved in and remodeled the house.
The fact that the article has the word “facebook” in the title was apparently enough to convince them that they actually were at Facebook. Do these people have this much difficulty telling the difference between something and something else that references it in the rest of their lives? If there’s a newspaper article on the controversy surrounding The DaVinci Code, do they flip through the newspaper in confusion, trying to find the novel? If there’s a preview for Alice in Wonderland before a showing of Avatar, do they think they’ve gone to the wrong movie? If there’s a picture of a missing kid on a milk carton, do they pull the carton open to get the kid out? Surely not. So why do they have so much difficulty when the same problem arises on a computer?