Facebook Launches Ultra-fast Version Called Zero

Social networking giant Facebook has announced at the World World Congress in Barcelona that soon, the company will be launching an ultra light version of the popular social networking platform, designed specifically for mobile phones.

The company reported that the website, which will be in a text-only, low bandwidth version, will be easily accessible from the user’s mobile phone internet browser without putting load on the network connectivity.

The new Facebook mobile site, 'zero.facebook.com', is a lighter version of 'm.facebook.com' which is designed to omit data intensive functions such photo viewing and uploading, according to Facebook.

The company also announced that the website was already online but users will be able to access it only when network operators approve it in the next few weeks.

Commenting on the new mobile website, a Facebook spokesman said at the trade show in Barcelona that “It will launch in coming weeks and we are discussing it at MWC as an option to make Facebook on the mobile web available to everyone, anywhere and allow operators to encourage more mobile Internet usage.”

Recently, Facebook had announced that the global membership of the social networking site had crossed the 400 million unique users barrier and the number was growing at a fast pace.

Our Comments

Obviously, a site that is very low on bandwidth is likely to be very, very fast. Shame though that you can't access it on a desktop browser as it redirects you directly to its mobile version instead. Facebook Zero is obviously geared towards more basic, so called feature handsets in a bid to reach its first billion users.

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