For those of you who haven’t noticed yet, there’s an inconspicuous blue button in almost every website right now. Inscribed on that blue button is “Log in with Facebook”. This feature called Facebook Connect is a godsend of a feature that enables easy access to virtually any website there is. Want to subscribe to a magazine or a mailing list? Want to buy rickets for a show or a flight? Want to sign up for anything at all that needs some kind of personal data? Facebook Connect has you covered.
Facebook Connect allows Facebook users to grant permission to third-party websites and thus allow those sites to collect some personal data about the user. This feature has saved everyone countless minutes of having to type up the same information over and over again. At the same time, it has helped many businesses gain exposure through Facebook.
However, Facebook Connect couldn’t live in a happy dreamland forever. It has just recently experienced a bug that causes a redirect to Facebook’s page with an error message when trying to log in from third party websites. Droves of users were frustrated as no viable workaround was possible to combat the glitch. Many websites experienced a black-out like phenomenon as no one was able to comment or post because Facebook Connect wasn’t working.
News stations such as CNN and MSNBC were hit, preventing users from getting the latest news about what’s happening. Similarly, tech websites such as Digital Trends were affected too, thwarting attempts of tech amateurs in trying to fix the Facebook hiccup.
While a patch has been made and everything’s running smoothly now, the impact and severity of yesterday’s Facebook bug is a blatant reminder of how everyone is extremely dependent on Facebook. With no viable alternative on the horizon, we all have to sit tight and hope Facebook Connect doesn’t fizz out on us again.