Facebook shuts down Lite version

21 Apr 2010

Remember the lightweight, stripped-down and bandwidth friendly version of Facebook that was launched last August? No? Well, Facebook noticed you weren’t using it so it’s been shut down.

Originally devised to target broadband-challenged areas globally that wanted access to the social networking site but had dial up or were accessing through a 2G mobile handset, Facebook Lite was clean and simple.

It didn’t just appeal to those with low bandwidth internet connections, its fans were among those who missed the simpler times before huge rambling time lines and quizzes galore: “Whatever you do, please, please do not allow the quizzes, games, or apps to ruin this pristine version of Facebook,” said one user at launch.

“Thanks to everyone who tried out Facebook Lite. We’re no longer supporting it, but learned a lot from the test of a slimmed-down site. If you used Lite, you’ll now be taken to the main Facebook.com site,” stated the Facebook fan page.

In other news, post F8 (developer conference) Facebook has replaced ‘become a fan of’ with the new ‘like’ button. So in case you think you’re simply liking something in passing you’re actually becoming a member of its Facebook group like you did when you became a fan.

By Marie Boran