Given that Twitter contains mostly text with several images and images thrown in, in terms of data consumption it wouldn’t be quite as intensive compared to Facebook or Instagram. However we guess for those of us living in countries where internet is fast and freely available and sometimes unlimited, we don’t really give this too much thought.


That being said, we suppose Twitter could still be optimized further and that’s what the social network has done by announcing Twitter Lite. “Today, we are rolling out Twitter Lite, a new mobile web experience which minimizes data usage, loads quickly on slower connections, is resilient on unreliable mobile networks, and takes up less than 1MB on your device. We also optimized it for speed, with up to 30% faster launch times as well as quicker navigation throughout Twitter.”

Twitter Lite is expected to provide users with the key/core features of Twitter, but in a more accessible manner which might be important in regions where the internet isn’t quite as fast or freely available. It will also feature a data saver mode that according to Twitter, will be able to reduce data usage by as much as 70%.

However note that Twitter Lite isn’t a native smartphone app, but rather a web app so you will have to use your phone’s browser to access it. If you’re interested, then check it out here using your smartphone/tablet.

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