This is a story of something that happened on the internet recently that gives some insight into how some people use the internet
On Feb 10 2010 (8:25am) the techblog ReadWriteWeb published an article titled &quot;Facebook Wants to Be Your One True Login&quot; http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/facebook_wants_to_be_your_one_true_login.php It's about a deal between Facebook and AOL to integrate a users Facebook friends into their AOL instant messenger. The article was quite popular and quickly rose in the google search results. After a while a strange thing started happening. Quoting a RWW followup article: &quot;Within a half an hour of posting, the number of visitors had skyrocketed. It looked like a real winner. An hour later, it had reached the number of visitors an average post might see in an entire day. I figured I'd hit a home run. But then the comments started rolling in.&quot;
Comments like: ok cool now can I get to facebook
and this: please give me back the old facebook login this is crazy.................
and this &quot;I just want to log in to Facebook - what with the red color and all? LOLLLOLOL!!!!!111&quot; started appearing on the artilce
This is what was happening... Users were searching for &quot;Facebook login&quot; on google and clicking on the RWW article
and getting the RWW article and thinking it was
Stop the difference? A lot of people didn't. The article now has over 1600 comments. the latter are due to it becoming a &quot;meme&quot; and are more ironic in nature. But the first 3 pages contain what would appear to be genuine comments from people who really thought they were on facebook. So the ones leaving the comments were only a small proportion of users doing this.
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/open_thread_the_internet_is_hard.php What can be learned from this? The following is a summary of a follow up post on the RWW site.
You work in the web industry. You are on the internet most days for 8 hours or more. More than likely the people using the sites you build are not like you and have very different goals.
People mistook a site with a big red header for the facebook! We filter the junk on a page and seek what we are looking for...
While users might have been initially confused by the facebook &quot;redesign&quot; many scrolled down to find the &quot;Facebook Connect&quot; button. This allowed them to connect to RWW site using the facebook login and leave comments! It probably reenforced there perception that they were on facebook
You might scoff at these what these people did but they use the sites you build every day.
Links to the original article and 2 follow ups. The first cntains the lessons I've summarised and the second is where they point the finger at Google. Basically says that it's a potential security risk and that &quot;news&quot; items should be able to get they high in results so quickly.