Facebook Lite Debuts in U.S., India

FacebookLogo.jpgWhat do you get when you take Facebook, remove the navigation tools on the left side and clean up the News Feed? Facebook Lite, naturally.

The social-networking giant rolled out Facebook Lite for testing in the United States and India, and TechCrunch and Inside Facebook pointed out some of the differences.

Updates appear in real-time along the bottom of the page, rather than in the toolbar.

Speaking of the toolbar, an Events tab was added, as well as an option to View Top Stories instead of reading them in order.

Facebook’s statement on Facebook Lite:

We decided to roll out Facebook Lite in the United States to give users a simple, expedient alternative to facebook.com, and we hope that it will fill this need. While the majority of our user base is outside of the United States, we’re always working to enhance the new user experience even in markets where facebook.com is easily accessible. We have also found that people who are new to Facebook tend to be most interested in a simpler experience, focus on establishing their network of friends and communicating with them by writing on their walls, sending messages and looking at pictures. We have introduced the Lite site with these new users in mind.