This morning, ReadWriteWeb put up an article called “Facebook Wants to Be Your One True Login” talking about Facebook trying to make an OpenID-style universal login system centered around (you guessed it) Facebook.

But that’s not what’s important. What does matter is that this article hit Google News within an hour, meaning that on the Google search page for “facebook login”, this article came up above facebook.com itself.

Since there is an apparently large demographic that navigates to Facebook via Google, this caused a surprisingly large number of people to be redirected to ReadWriteWeb instead of Facebook by blithely clicking the link to their article, assuming it would take them to the Facebook login page.

They then began using the comment form to complain about being unable to log in to this page claiming to be Facebook (except, y’know, for the red-colored header banner…):

“ok cool now can I get to facebook”

“The new facebook sucks> NOW LET ME IN.”

“when can we log in?”

“I WANT THE OLD FAFEBOOK BACK THIS SHIT IS WACK!!!!!”

“please give me back the old facebook login this is crazy……………..”

“wtf is this bullshttttttttttt all about. can i get n plzzzzzzzzz”

“IAM NEW AT FACEBOOK NOW WITH CHANGES IAM LOSSSSSSSSST! “

People are worried about URL shorteners (bit.ly, tinyurl) disappearing and causing havoc on the internet? This kinda thing must keep them up at night.

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