Earlier today Facebook announced the following to a select few:
“We are building a faster, simpler version of Facebook that we call Facebook Lite. It’s not finished yet and we have plenty of kinks to work out, but we would love to get your feedback on what we have built so far.
Check out Facebook Lite now at http://lite.facebook.com.”
What is Facebook Lite?
It’s a simplified version of the Facebook platform. It definately looks like their take on micro-blogging and it also looks like a direct attack on Twitter.
Facebook Lite displays little more than the most recent updates from you and your friends. Actually, it kind of seems like Facebook without all the “noise and clutter”.
Is Facebook trying to be too many things?
You might very well argue that Facebook is attempting to cater to two different groups of people.
The first group of people enjoy the constant, global, live-streaming “twitter-way” of doing things. This includes public status updates from all over the world and real-time search.
The second group of people are more locally engaged. They are mostly interrested in their friends. Be it insider-jokes, relationship statuses, vacation photos or just frivolous updates about their breakfast. It’s important to remember that this was also Facebook’s starting point.
However, the most recent updates to Facebook have all been focused on the first group of people, and Facebook actually tried to buy out Twitter some time ago. Then, just recently, they aquired FriendFeed instead (A service somewhat similar to twitter).
What will the outcome be?
The big question then remains; if Facebook starts looking, and feeling, too much like twitter, will the second group of people leave for another service – or will Facebook eventually be able to establish a solid foundation within micro-blogging without losing too many users in their change of direction?
Please share your opinion below.