Just a few minutes back, Ben Parr gave a heads up on Facebook inviting some users to test drive Facebook Lite. And I was surprised to see myself as one of the invitees! I am not sure if everyone or most of the users are able to see this message -
The message is self-explanatory-
“We are building a faster, simpler version of Facebook that we call Facebook Lite. It’s not finished yet and we have plenty of kinks to work out, but we would love to get your feedback on what we have built so far”
The URL for the feature is http://lite.facebook.com.
It seems the message comes the first time you login and disappears quickly afterwards. Even Ben observes the same thing. The above link doesn’t seem to work, but this feels very much like a new and direct shot over Twitter. I will surely keep you updated as and when I get to know more about Facebook Lite.
Update: Techcrunch has updated this screenshot of facebook Lite which was taken a few days back.
This almost looks like Twitter, eekkss!
Update 2: And here is Facebook’s official response:
We are currently testing a simplified alternative to Facebook.com that loads a specific set of features quickly and efficiently. Similar to the Facebook experience you get on your mobile phones, Facebook “Lite” is a fast-loading, simplified version of Facebook that enables people to make comments, accept Friend requests, write on people’s Walls, and look at photos and Status updates. 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.
This evening, the test was temporarily exposed to a larger set of users by mistake. We have not opened up access to lite.facebook.com to all users at this time. People who are not part of the test and are trying to access “Lite” will be directed to Facebook.com as usual.