As we prepare to unveil our new redesign this month, another site has also received a face lift of sorts: say hello to Facebook Lite - a sleeker, cleaner version of the popular social networking site.
Launched in the U.S. this week, Facebook Lite has now reportedly become accessible to European users as well - which could explain all the page load errors I'm receiving.
Judging by the buzz around the trimmed down site, looks like it's catching on fast. A few of my Facebook friends have already given it the thumbs up, and from what I've seen, it definitely appears much less cluttered than its parent site. There are far less ads and the information/categories are more condensed, resulting in a lay-out that's easier on the eyes.
If you're not a champion of instant messaging (much like myself), then you'll definitely like Facebook Lite since it does not offer the chatting option. Is that the sound of productivity I'm hearing?
One critical aspect to keep in mind is that there doesn't appear to be a way to navigate between the original Facebook and Facebook Lite; it's either one or the other. In my case, I think I'll keep things "lite".