All modern browsers let you define a custom homepage that shows when you hit the Home button. Your browser can be also set to automatically load the default homepage whenever you create a new tab or window.
Most folks use this legacy feature to have Google search as their homepage, so they could begin typing in their search query the instant they spawn a new tab (CTRL + T combo usually does the job).
Knowing this is a common setting for most people, it comes as a surprise that social networking site Facebook is trying to persuade its users to set their homepage to its site.
As you can see from the screenshot included below, for some people a subtle notification appears at the top of the Facebook site when they log in to their account.
It invites you to drop a bookmarklet onto your browser’s homepage button in order to "see what’s happening with friends as soon as you open your browser." Follow this suggestion and your browser puts up a prompt, alerting you that you’re about to change your default homepage to facebook.com.
As if it weren’t enough that Facebook has become the number one most-visited site in 2010, they now want me to drive traffic to their site each time I open my browser or create a new tab? Of course, Facebook is confident the tech illiterate types will simply follow their advice.
Maybe Facebook also thinks their Bing-powered search is a strong enough alternative for some people to jump ship? I don’t know about you, but I thought self respecting web properties like Facebook steered away from such cheap click bait practices a long time ago.
I first noticed this Facebook "experiment" last week and it kept bugging me to add it as my homepage. What about you? Has Facebook been nagging you lately with this prompt? Share your experiences in the comment section below.