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Can Sites Rely On Facebook For User Login? -
Facebook users in Europe were unable to access the site this morning. While the problem, which Facebook called "technical difficulties," was resolved quickly, it did lead to questions about what companies who rely on Facebook for user login to their own sites would do if there was a prolonged outage. "The risks are apparent," said Jean-Paul Rehr, a co-founder of, a game swapping site which has been using Facebook connect since launching its beta last fall. But Waygoz has no plans to drop the Facebook login and, when it launches in the U.S. in four weeks, users will only be able to log into the site using their Facebook credentials. Sponsor "When we introduced Facebook login about a month [after our launch], our conversions multiplied by a factor of four," Rehr said. "New user 'registration fatigue' is eliminated with single sign on (and)...there is 'instant credibility' for users when they see the Facebook button." Today's outage lasted about two hours and affected Web...