Is this my beautiful Internet?
Via Scholarly Kitchen, a link to this ReadWriteWeb post that many people confused for Facebook in its new incarnation. That’s right, some people landed there via a Google search and thought they were at Facebook. Because, really, a large majority of people don’t know the difference between an address bar and a search bar, much less how to bookmark something. Sigh. To me, it’s a good argument for teaching people the rudimentary elements of how the web and browsers work at a fairly early age. I fought this (and still do, to some extent) when teaching faculty how to use technology. The crazy ways I saw people getting to Blackboard: first, go home (which was set to the college home page), then to the library, then to “for faculty”, then click Blackboard. Four steps instead of typing in the url. I would often try to show them how to type it in or bookmark it. No, I’ve got this series of steps memorized, it’s easier this way, really. As long as people follow recipes for doing things on the Internet instead of understanding how it works, things like this will happen, and we won’t get people to use or experience the Internet critically. One commenter wondered why all these people still had computers since they must have all fallen victim to a million phishing scams and lost all their possessions.