When Facebook launched Facebook Lite back in September it was a breath of fresh air. For many, the design of the regular site is confusing and cluttered. The Lite edition was great if you just wanted to pop in and checkout what your friends were up to. But all good things must end, and in this case it's ending too soon. Facebook is pulling the plug on the stripped down site. Trying to access the Facebook Lite now results in a redirect to the main site.
Facebook Lite used a very minimalist design. Users found a simplified settings menu, no obtrusive menu bars, and no applications bugging them. It was about the update stream more than anything else, and that's certainly enough for a lot of people. So why is the site going away? It's probably due to the fact that no one could find it. You had to know it was there to use it.
Facebook used to be a lot more like Facebook Lite, but as the service grew, feature creep set in. Not all the changes were awful taken by themselves, but the overall Facebook experience is becoming bloated. We're sorry to see Facebook Lite go. Hopefully they can learn some lessons from this experiment. Did you ever use Facebook Lite? Were you still using it when they dropped support?
Facebook earlier this week rolled out a new feature called "Facebook Lite" to more users than it originally intended. The beta service was primarily intended to take place in India, as it was designed to be used in parts of the world where broadband speeds aren't readily available.
"We are currently testing a simplified alternative to Facebook.com that loads a specific set of features quickly and efficiently," Facebook said in a statement. "Similar to the Facebook experience you get on your mobile phones, Facebook 'Lite' is a fast-loading, simplified version of Facebook that enables people to make comments, accept Friend requests, write on people's Walls, and look at photos and status updates."
At least one user who got an early peek said the new service "looks like a simplified version of Twitter with comments enabled." But that doesn't appear to be the intention, as once testing is complete in India, the social networking site will then target Russia and China.