Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Twitter creates lite version for data-starved users

Twitter creates lite version for data-starved users

Twitter has launched a brand new mobile web experience called Twitter Lite that will use less data, load up to 30% faster than the full-blown Twitter website on slower connections, and perform more reliably on flaky networks. It loads quickly on slower connections, minimizes data usage, and takes up less than 1 MB on your device.

With Twitter Lite, businesses, professionals, and social media users keep the same key features of Twitter, like the timeline, direct messages, trends, profiles, media uploads, notifications, and more.

Twitter has also partnered with Vodafone to make available the Lite version to the Telecom's 200 million users by promoting the IPL matches in 42 language in the country. It also loads faster, is more resilient on shaky mobile networks, and incorporates a data saver mode, making it ideal for those with limited access to data, storage, or network connectivity.

Twitter Lite can be accessed through mobile.twitter.com on smartphones or tablets. Twitter says that this feature can reduce your data usage by up to 70 percent.

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Twitter Lite comes with several features, including the ability to save recent tweets. The hope is that smartphone users will be drawn to follow sports and other major events online in poor coverage areas, without eating up their data allowance. And in 2015, Facebook released its own Lite app which provides speedier access on slower networks. When activated, this mode displays previews of images and videos which can be loaded for viewing by tapping on them. Twitter Lite will send out push notifications from Google Chrome as well as other modern Android browsers.

According to Twitter, the Lite version is meant to knock down roadblocks that might be keeping users from sharing their deepest thoughts in 140 characters. The company announced that Vodafone subscribers in India will receive an SMS alert with a link to the specially curated timeline on Twitter Lite where (they) can get live updates on the T20 cricket season.

Disabling image previews and ensuring "Video autoplay" is set for Wifi only will help save that precious data.

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