Twitter-like Facebook Lite site launches in US and India

A few lucky users got to test Facebook's stripped down version, Facebook Lite, a while back but the site has now launched in the US and India. When we

A few lucky users got to test Facebook's stripped down version, Facebook Lite, a while back but the site has now launched in the US and India.

When we say Facebook Lite is "stripped down" we're not kidding – options are reduced to writing on walls, posting photos and videos, viewing events and browsing profiles. Apps and profile add-ons are nowhere to be seen.

Facebook says the new version of its site is for users with slow internet connections, especially those in developing countries or areas with poor infrastructure. However, it's also likely that the site is a move to head-off comparisons between Twitter's simple interface and the main Facebook site's current sprawling state.

 

For many, the lack of apps will be welcome – no more inane quizzes or bizarre games to be irritated by – and a worldwide rollout would be popular. Facebook has suggested that this may not be far away. It's statement confirmed it is "working on translating Lite into other languages".

Now, we know Americans insist on odd spellings but we're pretty sure we speak the same lingo, so a Facebook Lite site for the UK shouldn't be far off. If we do get Facebook Lite and you choose to switch, don't fear app withdrawal, if you miss the clutter you can just switch back again.

While we're waiting for it to turn up, you could always make do with the more streamlined Facebook iPhone app.

Would you prefer to use the stripped down purity of Facebook Lite or are the distractions of the full fat Facebook what make you like it in the first place?