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Facebook Gets Stripped-Down

September 12, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Facebook Lite has now gone live in the UK after being released a day earlier in the US. Like the name suggests, it is a stripped-down version of the worlds largest social-networking site Facebook that looks clean and is a lot simpler to use. It is designed for users in countries where they don’t have a great bandwidth, to help get things moving along at a much faster speed. But those users who preferred the original set-up will be very happy with the new site.

The simplified Lite version allows users to browse and write on friend’s profiles, update their own status as well being able to post new pictures and videos. The ‘People You May Know’ suggestion box and the adverts on the user’s home page also stay put.

The most significant things that have been removed are the many applications and groups that users could add to their profile as well as the ability to online chat with your friends. The new lay out feels very Twitter-like as the other distractions are taken away.

First impressions of the new site are good, with out all the additional applications it reminds me of how Facebook was when I started using it back in 2006. Much of its early popularity came because of its simplicity and tidiness compared with the hectic MySpace. Comparing the original site with the new Lite version shows how far Facebook has come in the last 3 years.

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