This week saw the accidental birth of a new internet meme at the expense of some rather ignorant Facebook users. I say some, it’s more like thousands of Stalkerbook simpletons, and it all stems from their inability to understand a simple principle: Google is a search engine, not an address bar.
How do you, dear reader, get to Facebook? Type in Facebook.com in your address bar? Yes, thought you might. But a small percentage of Facebook users actually search for ‘Facebook login’ every time they want to get to the social networking giant. Now a small percentage it maybe, but because of the sheer number of users Facebook actually has, that actually equates to literally thousands of users.
Of course there’s nothing wrong with searching for something you go to regularly, other than the extra step it requires I guess, but to blindly click on the first or second result it turns up without actually looking at the url it’s sending you to is pure idiocy. I often wonder who falls for phishing scams, and now I know, it’s the mental underachievers that think they’re web-savvy but blatantly aren’t.
ReadWriteWeb is a site dedicated to web apps and technologies behind the internet. They wrote up an interesting article about how Facebook might end up being your universal login for everything you might do on the web, spurred on by the recent AOL-Facebook partnership. Of course a web-savvy site like RWW has pretty good SEO, meaning that their post about a universal Facebook login hit all the right keywords to propel it up the search rankings for anyone searching Google for ‘Facebook login’. Unbeknownst to them this put the post squarely in the firing line of all those Bookface geniuses that search for ‘Facebook login’ each time, sending thousands of confused Facebookers to RWW producing hilarity and utter stupidity along the way.
Pretty soon the blog comments started pouring in with frustrated users complaining that Facebook had ‘changed’. Here’s a few choice ones:
‘The new facebook sucks> NOW LET ME IN.’ ‘I WANT THE OLD FAFEBOOK BACK THIS SHIT IS WACK!!!!!’ ‘I was just learning,why would you mess it up?’ ‘Why couldn’t you just leave well enough alone!!!’
Of course this state of affairs prompted RWW to stick a large block text sign in the middle of the post telling the confused Facebookers that ‘This site is not Facebook’, but even that didn’t seem to stem the flow of cretins.
Soon the tech community got wind of this phenomenon prompting it to spread across Digg, Reddit, Twitter and blogs like wild-fire causing another deluge of visitors and commenters, this time ripping the absolute piss out of the now irate Facebook numpties. At that point it was clear, this was the birth of a new internet meme, completely by accident, but absolutely hilarious nonetheless.
Now, I hope none of you reading this fit into the ‘George W Bush’ class of Facebookers, but if you are one of them I suggest quickly turning the page. For the rest of you I urge you to go to http://bit.ly/Ftech1 and check out the comments for yourself, just try not to laugh out loud, mkay?