Facebook Testing Lite Version

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News Posted: Thu, Aug 13 2009 2:47 PM
Facebook is in the process of testing a simplified versionof its social network service called Facebook Lite. The Lite versionoffers faster load times and a slimmed-down user interface with basicfunctionality 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. Fromscreen captures, we see that Facebook Lite has a single column display of Wallposts with three buttons at the top that let you write messages and post photosor 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 ofthe world where broadband Internet speeds are unavailable or not widespread.Reportedly, Facebook is creating this simplified version to entice new usersand offer a version with faster load times.

News of Facebook Lite spread quickly after the companyaccidentally sent invites to a number of users to try out the service. Whenusers attempted to click on the links, however, they were unable to access thesimplified version. TechCrunch received this response from Facebook regarding the mix-up: "Thisevening, the test [of Facebook Lite] was temporarily exposed to a larger set ofusers by mistake. We have not opened up access to lite.facebook.com to allusers at this time. People who are not part of the test and are trying toaccess "Lite" will be directed to Facebook.com as usual."

Facebook Lite is being tested in India and other countrieswhere new users flooding to the service are looking for a simplified experienceto start off with. Right now, it’s still unclear if users in the U.S. will beable to try out Facebook Lite in the future.

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This would be cool. I don't really play the games and crap on facebook anyway.  As long as I can still see the HH fan siteWink Jen found Marcos video review of the Alienware m17x there and now she wants one.Angry

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