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Facebook Lite Discontinued

Update: Facebook has released Facebook Lite for Android, a mobile application that promises better performance when connected to 2G or in areas with bad network reception.

Facebook some time ago offered their users an alternative version of the social networking site called Facebook Lite which was a stripped down version of Facebook designed for users with slow Internet connections to speed up page loading times.

The idea behind the special version of Facebook was to provide users on slow or unreliable Internet connections with a second entry point to the site that worked better under certain conditions.

Facebook Lite on the other hand was not designed for mobile users who can access Facebook mobile to access the website from mobile phones, or run one of the available apps instead instead of a mobile browser.

Users had problems with Facebook Lite in the past; some ran into a blank login page for instance with no apparent option to resolve the issue as deleting the cache or reloading the page did not really work out too well in this case.

Facebook confirmed officially that Facebook Lite has been discontinued. Facebook users trying to access Facebook Lite will be redirected to the main Facebook page instead where they can login and use the site.

No reason was given for the decision. The message posted on the official Facebook page simply states that Facebook is no longer supporting Facebook Lite and that they have learned a lot from testing the slimmed-down site.

Users with slow connections who have been using Facebook Lite previously will notice increased loading times as the regular Facebook pages contain additional elements that the lite page did not.

Those users may be better of using an application that runs no their mobile phone instead if possible. For desktop users, there is unfortunately no option other than to load the main Facebook website in the browser of choice.

Have you been using Facebook Lite? If so, what do you think about the discontinuation?

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  1. jacob m said on April 21, 2010 at 10:41 am
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    “Facebook Lite” ripped off the idea for a slimmed down version of Facebook from innovative Greasemonkey script “Facebook Purity” (now called Fluff Busting Purity due to legal reasons)
    the script strips out all the spammy crap the site spews out, leaving a much leaner cleaner homepage and newsfeeds. The script gives many options to let you choose which messages you want to see, which Facebook itself does not offer to its users.

    The script is available for Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari. You can get the script here: http://www.fbpurity.com

  2. Jay said on April 23, 2010 at 4:43 am
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    I always thought the “facebook lite” website was a phishing scam… Ahwel.. it don’t matter now…

  3. kraamerXmich said on April 23, 2010 at 8:04 am
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    I used facebook lite nearly everyday! i found it extremely useful on my Zune. much easier to access than the entire facebook website, which contained many elements of which mp3 playerz are not meant to handel. 1 for example is flash.

    kinda bummed that they shut it down, cause now i can either use the slow full site on it, or the mobile version which, in my opinion, is crap…it was made for flip phones, so not a very fun experience on modern touch devices

  4. nukuthula dubazane said on April 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm
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    I wabt to register

  5. hayley logan said on April 25, 2010 at 6:37 am
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    i really liked facebook lite it was the only version of facebook i could use in china as i could not access my messages or update my status on regular facebook. i now have to use my mobile phone to try and access facebook messages but as i am out of the

  6. hayley logan said on April 25, 2010 at 6:39 am
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    UK it costs me a lot of money. Why remove something that works fine and that a ot of people use. Why does fb keep changing things for no reason, layouts etc, IF IT AINT BROKE DONT FIX IT, SO ANNOYED WITH FACEBOOK RIGHT NOW!!

  7. wole badejo said on April 26, 2010 at 12:06 am
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    Shame really, fb lite was the only version of fb that I could access my mails and upload pics in Nigeria. Facebook should sort it out

  8. Bheemaa said on May 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm
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    y don u ppl try touch.facebook.com (Facebook Touch)…. it is much simpler version of fb compare to fb lite!! :)

  9. Bheemaa said on May 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm
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    but i still prefer Lite!!! R.I.P. fb lite :(

  10. faridgesri said on November 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm
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    my facebookblank

  11. GOku said on July 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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    Help me to acess my account

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