Facebook Lite Is Twitteresque, and That's Good

Pages are easier to read and faster to load, but that may not survive advertising
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2009 1:32 PM CDT
Facebook "Classic."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – As far as Facebook is concerned, the “liter” the better, writes Rafe Needleman for CNET. The site’s scaled-down “Lite” version is now available in the US and India, and the "new layout feels simpler and faster, almost Twitter-like.” Gone is “most of the navigation and info page that was on the left,” leaving users undistracted by the “mostly superfluous details that resided there.”

The bare-bones approach means that in addition to a “simpler” and “easier to read” experience, pages “load faster due to what appears to be HTML optimization,” Needleman writes. His profile page is now a svelte 11K, down from 44K in “Classic,” and “all pages on the site seem to be affected” positively. One caveat: the smaller pages are likely “courtesy of a dramatically decreased advertising load, which I doubt we can count on continuing.”