Facebook Lite ups the ante on Twitter competition


Facebook Lite ups the ante on Twitter competition

Karl Flinders

Facebook is developing a new service, Facebook Lite, which will help it compete with Twitter head-on. This follows this week's acquisition of social network Friendfeed.

The social networking website has asked some users to beta test the service known as Facebook Lite.

According to blog Mashable, "it is a completely stripped-down version of the Facebook platform. From what we can tell, it is almost like a Twitterstream: you can see your most recent status updates and the updates of your friends."

This follows yesterday's news that Facebook has acquired the social network Friendfeed, a startup company which allows people to see what their friends are doing online and share content.

It is possible that Facebook will also use Friendfeed to rival microblogging service Twitter, as it has similar capacities in real-time search. Facebook made a failed attempt to buy Twitter last year.

Twitter has grown by more than 3,000% in the past year, according to figures from internet monitoring site Hitwise. Its share of UK traffic increased by about 33 times between February 2008 and February 2009. The site is growing 25 times faster than Facebook, which grew 123% in the same period.

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