I have been having an odd problem lately – on the few occasions I have wanted to sign into a website using my Facebook account, I would just get the spinning wheel of death after clicking on the link. For example, today I was in Facebook reading a wall post by a fellow genealogist in which she shared slides on Slideshare. After viewing the slides I decided to “follow” her on Slideshare. I was given the option to sign in with my Facebook account (this actually does come in handy instead of having 1000 different logins for every social website imaginable), so I clicked on the link … and nothing happened. Just the never-ending spinning wheel.
It took me a while but I finally realized today what might have triggered this problem.
A while back I added the “Facebook Disconnect” extension to my Chrome browser. The extension is a handy one that prevents Facebook from tracking the webpages I visit. Since I trust Facebook about as much as I trust hackers and politicians, I added the extension shortly after I switched over to Chrome (which, by the way, is a fantastic browser).
So, could it be this extension that was causing the trouble? Absolutely! Here’s a temporary bypass if you have the same problem: Go into Chrome settings (click on the wrench near the top of the browser window), then to tools, then extensions. Once you are on the extensions page, deselect the checkbox next to “Facebook Disconnect.” After doing this I actually I had to close the original slideshare window, and go back to Facebook to reopen the link from the wall post (presumably so Facebook could trace my steps to establish a connection with Slideshare). Once I did that I was able to sign in with Facebook.
The decision thus remains whether or not to enable “Facebook Disconnect” again, which is an easy one for me. It is so infrequently that I want to use Facebook to sign into a new website that it should be too bothersome to have to toggle it on and off once in a while, and I prefer to hide as much as possible from Facebook.
In case you’re wondering: “Facebook Disconnect” doesn’t affect your ability to remain signed in to Facebook. Somehow it just blocks facebook from connecting with other websites. So if you like to save your password in your browser or use the ‘leave me signed in’ option, you’ll still have that option even with the “Facebook Disconnect” extension installed in Chrome.
Do you use Chrome? What do you like most about it? If you don’t use Chrome, what keeps you with the browser you use?