Twitter Lite is aimed at users in developing countries with slow or unreliable data connections.
(CCM) — Twitter is hoping to make its social network more accessible to users in developing countries with the introduction of Twitter Lite, a new Twitter website optimized for slow data connections. Twitter Lite minimizes data usage, loads quickly, is resilient on unreliable mobile networks, and takes up less than 1 MB of space, according to Patrick Traughber, a Twitter product manager. The launch acknowledges the fact that 45% of mobile connections around the world are still made on slow 2G networks, according to the GSMA.
In Google Chrome and other modern browsers running on Android devices, Twitter Lite offers offline support so users can continue using Twitter even if they lose their data connection temporarily.
Twitter Lite also includes a "data saver" mode which allows users to reduce their data consumption further. When activated, this mode displays previews of images and videos which can be loaded for viewing by tapping on them. This can reduce data consumption by up to 70%, making it more affordable in places where mobile data is expensive, Traughber claims. Twitter users anywhere in the world can access Twitter Lite today by visiting mobile.twitter.com.
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