Facebook Lite, a faster-loading and simpler version of the site meant to speed adoption in developing countries, is finally starting to go international after a test in the U.S.
As the social network pushes past 300 million users worldwide, the company is looking abroad to fuel user growth. To get there, it needs to accommodate slower Internet connections and unfamiliarity with the site. So the company decided to test out a simpler, parallel version of the site called Facebook Lite.
After releasing it to English-speaking U.S. users, Facebook has made Lite available in about 70 languages today including Pirate-speak and Upside Down English. There are, of course, actual languages like French and Spanish too.
If Lite proves successful, the company may adopt some of its best features back on the original site. Among other differences, Lite’s news feed has stories both ordered chronologically and ‘Top Stories’, which have more comments from friends.