World of Google zombies mistake news story for Facebook
It's not a search engine. It's global hypnosis
Just how deep is Google's hold on the minds of the world's netizens? So deep that if the web giant boosts a news story about Facebook and logins to the top of its search results, myriad net surfers will mistake the news story for the Facebook login page, wondering why they can't login to it and why it looks nothing like Facebook.
On Wednesday, ReadWriteWeb published a piece about a new Facebook-AOL partnership that will let users integrate their Facebook "friends" with AOL's Instant Messenger, allowing communication between the two services. The story went on to wonder if Facebook was becoming a central point of web interaction, and in a nod to this bit of editorial, the headline read: "Facebook Wants to Be Your One True Login."
Well, it would seem that this headline soon shot to the top of Google's search results for "Facebook login," and though we can only assume the link was grouped with the "news" results, comments posted the ReadWriteWeb story indicate that many Facebookers visited the story in an attempt to login to Facebook.
"Ok, cool. Now can I get to facebook?" one surfer posted.
"The new facebook sucks. NOW LET ME IN," wrote another.
"I WANT THE OLD FAFEBOOK [sic] BACK. THIS SHIT IS WACK!!!!!" wailed a third.
"I just want to log in to Facebook - what with the red color and all? LOLLLOLOL!!!!!111" said a fourth.
And so on. And so forth. Ad infinitum. "I am going to delete my account (IF I CAN EVER LOG IN) as this SUCKS BIG TIME ! If this does not get back to NORMAL you are going to lose a lot of folks who hate this and as you can see from all the comments they think it sucks too !!! facebook was great for connecting with old friends ...now, NOT SO MUCH. SO HOW DO I LOG IN ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????"
Eventually, ReadWriteWeb added a new paragraph to the middle of its story - in bold letters:
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.
Facebook does want to be the "one true login." But clearly, that will take some doing. Google search is such a web focal point, it's usurping the duties of the browser itself.
It's not just that Google has become - literally - a synonym for search. It's not just that Google controls 60 to 70 per cent of the search market - and perhaps more. For so many of the world's (rather clueless) web surfers, Google is more than a search engine. It's a gateway to every page they ever visit.
In other words, those top-secret Google algorithms have a tighter grip on the world's web traffic than you might think. ®
Register? REGISTER!? I'm already registered. I just want to login to my Fafebook!
Wow! Reading this story made me love Facebook
Till today, I thought we'd all be better off if Facebook didn't exist. Now, I realised that it is doing an immense service to the human race.
Just think what would happen if all those gibbering idiots were turned loose on the real world. As long as they are busy posting all-caps "lol" followed by innumerable bangs to each other's comment sections, walls or whatever the heck Facebook offers for profile visitors, the Earth is a much safer planet to live on.
No great surprise
I've recently witnessed two people type google.com in the browser address bar, wait until Google appears and then type the address of the the site they want to view into the Google search box, wait until the results appear and then click the first link. Some people seem to think that Google is the Internet.
FFS, I quit.
As of this point I disown the human race.
You'll get no more tech help from me.
That is all.
I have lost count of the number of times that when a Luser wants to bring up a website they,
1. Click the Google link in Favourites taking up the left 1/3 of IE
1a Sometimes the more advanced ones type in the google URL in the address bar
2. In the search field type in the URL www.example.com or whatever.
3. Click on the top link in the results.
When I, or anyone else suggests just typing directly into the address bar we get looks of horror and told that we must be stupid for doing it "the hard way" like that.