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Facebook has begun tests on a new service tailored for mobiles and narrowband internet connections.
Facebook Lite appears to be a cut-down version of Facebook and is aimed at countries where broadband is limited.
The site is currently on trial in India and it is thought there are plans to extend this to China and Russia.
In a statement Facebook said the new service would be a "faster, simpler version similar to the Facebook experience you get on a mobile phone".
With the speed and amazing features of facebook, people are migrating to facebook, a good idea to target these growing countries.
Last week, I was speaking at Bloggers meet in Kolkata and I mentioned Orkut to be a high school and then your gradute to facebook.
Now the hottest thing is integration of your site with Facebook using FBConnect, its working good for me.
In Short good move by facebook for a lighter version.
From an April 2009 NYTimes article about serving countries that don't monetize [nytimes.com]:
The Facebook social network is also considering lowering the quality of videos and photographs delivered to some regions in an effort to reduce expenses.
“We can decide, either on a country by country or user by user basis, to engineer the quality of the service for that cohort of users,” said Jonathan Heiliger, the executive who oversees Facebook’s computing infrastructure.
Facebook is in a particularly difficult predicament. Seventy percent of its 200 million members live outside the United States, many in regions that do not contribute much to Facebook’s bottom line.
Xiaonei, the largest facebook clone in China, gets much larger user base there because they're willing to comply with china's sick self-censorship policy.
What Facebook needs to do isn't a Lite version (broadband is extremely popular there) but a Facebook Castrated.