Facebook Lite Goes Live - InformationWeek
Software // Social
04:04 PM

Facebook Lite Goes Live

Social networking hub introduces a more nimble version of itself.

Facebook has rolled out a slimmed down version of its Web site in an effort to appeal to users who want access only to the social networking site's most basic features.

Facebook described its lighter cousin as an attempt to create a version that loads certain tools quickly and easily. "Facebook Lite is a faster, simpler way to keep in touch with your friends. If you like it, you may choose to use it instead of the regular Facebook," the company said in an introductory note on the site.

Facebook added it plans to introduce additional features to Facebook Lite in the coming weeks and asked users for their reactions. "We still have work to do before it's done, but we'd love to get your feedback on what we've built so far," Facebook said.

The truncated features could make Facebook a better fit for mobile devices, while some commentators have described the project as part of a plan to add a microblogging service that could eventually challenge reigning champ Twitter.

Officials said the company plans to introduce Facebook Lite "in countries where we are seeing lots of new users coming to Facebook for the first time and are looking to start off with a more simple experience." As of Friday, Facebook Lite was available in the U.S. and India.

Some observers suspect Facebook is looking to add a bevy of new features in order to position itself as a one-stop site for social networking, blogging, and search—perhaps even taking on Google.

Facebook last month introduced beefed up search features that allow users to search for 30 days worth of news feeds, status updates, photos, links, and videos. Also in August, Facebook announced the acquisition of Friendfeed, which aggregates posts from a variety of social networking sites.

InformationWeek Analytics has published an analysis of application performance. Download the report here (registration required).

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll