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Published on April 6th, 2017 | by Callib Carver

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Twitter Continues To Lighten Their Mobile Site

Twitter Lite, their most recent iteration of their mobile site, is aimed at making their mobile site lighter, more data friendly, and easier for people on expensive data plans, or with slower connections to access.

“Twitter Lite provides the key features of Twitter—your timeline, Tweets, Direct Messages, trends, profiles, media uploads, notifications, and more. With Twitter Lite, we are making Twitter more accessible to millions of people—all you need is a smartphone or tablet with a browser.” wrote Patrick Traughber, Product Manager at Twitter, all of which is suppose to take up less than 1MB of space on your device, according to their blog.

Through Google Chrome and Android Twitter Lite will also have the capability to have push notifications, and offline support so that you can continue browsing. You’ll also be able to add Twitter Lite to your home screen, that way you can access it faster. “Twitter Lite is a great way for many people in emerging markets across Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa to experience Twitter for the first time on their mobile devices,” said Traughber.

Twitter has also added a data saver mode to their mobile app, which Traughber explained as “In this mode, you will see a preview of images and videos before choosing which ones to fully load. This can reduce your data usage by up to 70%, making it more affordable for you to use Twitter in areas where mobile data is expensive.”

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Image courtesy of Twitter.

“We are working hard to bring more exciting updates to Twitter Lite for people worldwide and to develop more partnerships in emerging markets to make it useful.”  said Traughber.

In a separate post they explained how the team built Twitter Lite, using a client-side JavaScript application and a small, simple Node.js server, and going on to explain how exactly is works, “The server handles user authentication, constructs the initial state of the app, and renders the initial HTML application shell. Once loaded in the browser, the app requests data directly from the Twitter API.” wrote Nicolas Gallagher and Engineer at Twitter.

Gallagher went into detail to explain how the service is preloaded or preloads crucial resources so that it is interactive in under five seconds over a 3G connection, on most devices.

The new Twitter Lite, which can is actually mobile.twitter.com is available starting today.

Do you use the mobile version of twitter, if so what do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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About the Author

Callib Carver is the founder & editor of o7 Magazine. Having spent three years as a student journalist, focusing in photography & video, and working with several small publications, he now writes for his own publication, blog, and is an active freelancer in Washington state.


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