is in the process of testing a simplified version
of its social network
service called Facebook Lite. The Lite version
offers faster load times and a slimmed-down user interface with basic
functionality including the ability to make comments, accept friend requests,
write on walls, and view photos.
Facebook Lite is similar to the mobile version of Facebook. From
screen captures, we see that Facebook Lite has a single column display of Wall
posts with three buttons at the top that let you write messages and post photos
or videos. You’ll also find four links at the left under your profile picture:
Wall, Info, Friends, and Photos and Video.
Facebook Lite is designed to be accessed quickly in parts of
the world where broadband Internet speeds are unavailable or not widespread.
Reportedly, Facebook is creating this simplified version to entice new users
and offer a version with faster load times.
News of Facebook Lite spread quickly after the company
accidentally sent invites to a number of users to try out the service. When
users attempted to click on the links, however, they were unable to access the
simplified version. TechCrunch received this response
from Facebook regarding the mix-up: "This
evening, the test [of Facebook Lite] was temporarily exposed to a larger set of
users by mistake. We have not opened up access to lite.facebook.com to all
users at this time. People who are not part of the test and are trying to
access "Lite" will be directed to Facebook.com as usual."
Facebook Lite is being tested in India and other countries
where new users flooding to the service are looking for a simplified experience
to start off with. Right now, it’s still unclear if users in the U.S. will be
able to try out Facebook Lite in the future.