The most notable omission from the home page is the status update box. Given that status updates have become a pivotal component of the Facebook experience, this is surprising (and rather inconvenient). Navigation Links and Highlights are also missing. Facebook has also tweaked the Life stream and by default shows Top Stories (most popular updates) instead of All Stories.
Here’s a screenshot of the Facebook Lite Profile page.
All the basic features are there but have been greatly simplified to improve the page load times. You can still post status updates, share links, images and videos and edit your profile.
The Inbox and Events page has also undergone similar transformations. However, the settings page is not yet available in Facebook Lite.
Many bloggers have been portraying Facebook Lite as a twitter competitor. While the simplified Facebook life stream does look similar to one’s Twitter stream, I don’t really see Facebook Lite as an assault on Twitter. Facebook may not be MySpace, but over the years it has accumulated a decent amount of fat. Facebook Lite is a welcome addition which users with slower internet connections would appreciate. It is also ideal for Mobile devices. I have been using Facebook Lite on my mobile phone (SE k810i with Opera Mini) and it definitely feels better than Facebook Mobile.