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Facebook Lite and @ Tagging

Today Facebook has widely released Facebook Lite. The new version of Facebook was released in beta throughout August, but as of today is available in the U.S and India. Facebook Lite is a simplified front-end version of Facebook that is optimized for slower internet connections. Essentially it is Facebook on a diet plan, losing all unnecessary “fluff” such as third party apps. However FBL users can still enjoy the essence of the Facebook experience with the “wall” feature media sharing and status updates all being the same.

The introduction of Facebook Lite has been received by many as a direct attempt to integrate a simple, Twitter-style user face focused on micro-interaction in the form of status updates and sharing.

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Another new feature integrated into Facebook this week is @ tagging in status updates. Now when referring to a friend in a status update simply place the “@” in front of their name, begin to type and Facebook will automatically drop-down a list of names with the letters you have begun to type. It may seem that Facebook is stealing a bit of Twitter’s thunder, especially following a month in which Facebook experienced 4 times the amount of unique visitors to Twitter.

NOTE: There has been issues for many Facebook users trying to use the @ tagging, stay tuned for more.

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Twitter Introduces New User Interface

Yesterday twitter silently released a new user interface within the “following” and “followers” sections of profiles. Selecting the “expand” option on the new UI shows the latest updates of all, giving a better idea of their content and activity without having to travel to their page and also provides a drop down menu with options to DM, @reply, unfollow or block.

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There is also the option to view in a list. The list option is more condensed, showing just the menu drop down and user name, leaving out real names, locations and latests updates that you can see in the above screen shot.

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The new upgrade seems an insignificant change to the site, but does provide a more simplified usability. Personally I enjoy seeing the expanded details on followers and the people I’m following. With the increased amount of garbage accounts sometimes it is hard to distinguish between genuine users and BS accounts that provide no value to your stream. Now with the expand option the tidbit of info helps to determine validity and provides a more relative introduction.

Looking further into the subtle changes made by twitter, Techcrunch has made the hypothesis that a new mobile site is in the works, heres their take.

“What’s interesting about these icons is that they appear to look exactly like icons that Apple uses for OS X — including some of the ones on the iPhone. Could this mean that we’re about to see a revamped mobile version of the Twitter site? Who knows, but it could sure use an overhaul.”

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