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Facebook Quietly Cans Lite Version

Social networking giant Facebook has closed its Lite version which was announced back in August 2009 and rolled out one month later without saying why it went down that route.

Facebook lite was introduced in order to satisfy the growing number of users who access the site from slow connections, primarily those from third world countries.

It was a stripped down, bare mode version which was in test mode since the beginning that came with status update, wall posts and photo upload but without the apps.

Facebook said that they no longer supported it but added that it "learned a lot from the test of a slimmed-down site." Current users of Facebook Lite will be redirected to the normal main website.

It is likely that Facebook closed this lite version because users favoured features over speed and the lite version actually overlapped with Facebook Mobile.

There's also the fact that many testers initially said that the site looked a lot like Twitter, the popular microblogging website, something that Facebook might have wanted to avoid.

Lastly, Facebook Lite was not a mobile application but instead needed a normal computer to work with and users in the emerging market, which is where Facebook wants to get its next billion users, overwhelmingly use mobile phones instead.

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There are more than 400 million users on the social networking website and is already the second most popular website in the world after Google according to Alexa. Facebook has never hesitated to prune services when needed as it zapped the Beacon advertising system.

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