Facebook Lite Takes Aim At Mobile Users & Developing Countries, Not Twitter

Social networking website Facebook has revealed a slimmer and simpler version of its eponymous website which targets speed constrained users like those using Facebook on mobiles or living in developing countries.

In an official statement, Facebook said that "We are currently testing Facebook Lite in countries where we are seeing lots of new users coming to Facebook for the first time and are looking to start off with a more simple experience".

The site, which is currently ranked fourth worldwide by internet analyst Alexa, is still an unknown quantity in many key territories like Brazil or China where the social network is not even in the top 40.

Nearly three quarters of the 250 million regular Facebook users are found in North America and Europe where always on, fast broadband internet connections are available.

This faster and simpler version of the site looks like a mobile version of Facebook but will run on a desktop computer instead.

It keeps the most used features like making comments, accepting friend requests, writing on people's walls and looking at photos and status updates and does away with other superfluous ones including the home tab and facebook applications.

Many have claimed that Facebook lite, as it is known, would be used to compete with one of the company's rival, Twitter and beta testers so far have said that the site looks a lot like Twitter.

News of a Facebook Lite comes shortly after Facebook announced that it was acquiring social networking sharing website Friendfeed for a rumoured $50 million..