Just seven months after first launching Facebook Lite, the company has decided to shut the service down. Facebook Lite was a simplified version of the site which was supposedly “optimized for people with slow connections” but apparently not enough people were using it. Funny enough, many of the people that I knew were using the site were users with fast connections who liked a slimmed version of the site.
First noticed by ReadWriteWeb, Facebook has not said anymore aside from the following message which they posted on the company’s Facebook Page:
Thanks to everyone who tried out Facebook Lite. We’re no longer supporting it, but learned a lot from the test of a slimmed-down site. If you used Lite, you’ll now be taken to the main Facebook.com site.
While the company has made numerous attempts at creating slimmed down versions of the site, I would guess that maintaining both the main version of the site as well as the simplified versions simultaneously has proven difficult. Additionally, Blake Ross, who was the developer behind Facebook Lite, is now focused on other projects including the new Facebook questions product.