MWC 2010: Facebook drops a dress size, goes "Zero" for mobile-lite version

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facebook zero.JPGFacebook has announced that it will be releasing a text-only, low bandwidth version of their social network called Facebook Zero, designed specifically with mobile phones in mind.

It should please users and network operators alike; Facebookers get a super-fast version to browse if they’re trying to take it easy on their data usage, while bandwidth is freed up for network providers.

Over 100 million people access Facebook from their mobiles, according to Facebook, with the GSM Association noting that 2.2 billion minutes were spent browsing the network in December from mobile handsets alone.

The Facebook Zero site has already gone live (http://zero.facebook.com) though it cannot be used until network providers take it up.

Should help alleviate the pain of stumbling across embarrassing “pictures from the night before” online though.

Via: BBC

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Gerald Lynch