Great news for Africa and other areas with low bandwidth coverage. Facebook already has a Lite version which is a stripped down version making it a lot faster when you don’t have a fast connection. This site still covers most of Facebook’s options, including photos, but is significantly faster and ideal for slower and poor internet connections.
And now Facebook is planing an even “lighter” version called Zero. A spokesman for Facebook said: “We are discussing it… as an option to make Facebook on the mobile web available to everyone, anywhere and allow operators to encourage more mobile internet usage” The Zero version will be text only so the speed and data usage will be much better. Especially for African countries where mobile data costs are extremely high and connection speed often also relatively slow. Facebook said the new site “omits data intensive applications like photos”.
BBC Click mentioned in an article that in December people in the UK spent 2.2 billion minutes browsing Facebook from their mobile phones, accounting for nearly half the time spent on the internet on mobile phones. As there about 20 million Facebook users in the UK that means an average of 110 minutes per user per month. Pretty impressive I think.
For all you out there Nimbuzz has many versions for people without smart phones. If you go here Nimbuzz will send a link to your phone enabling you to get the latest version on your phone. You will then be able to chat with your Facebook friends and buddies on most IM’s.