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Twitter has launched a new app aimed at persuading more people in more countries to use Twitter. The app, called Twitter Lite, loads faster, takes up less space on your smartphone, and uses less data. All while maintaining Twitter’s core functionality.

In 2015, Facebook launched Facebook Lite Facebook Lite: Is It a Worthy Facebook Replacement? Facebook Lite: Is It a Worthy Facebook Replacement? Facebook has announced a new Android app called Facebook Lite, which is a version of Facebook built from scratch to work smoothly with poor data connections and low-end phones. Read More , a data-saving version of its app. This started a trend for lightweight versions of popular apps. We have since witnessed the arrival of YouTube Go You Can Now Test the Brand New YouTube App You Can Now Test the Brand New YouTube App YouTube Go is hiding in plain sight on the Google Play Store right now, so it would be rude not to give it a quick spin, right?! Read More , Messenger Lite Facebook Launches Messenger Lite for Crappy Androids Facebook Launches Messenger Lite for Crappy Androids Facebook is launching a new, lighter version of its Messenger app called Messenger Lite. This will enable those with crappy smartphones to enjoy Facebook Messenger just like the rest of us. Read More , and Skype Lite Microsoft Launches Skype Lite for Old Phones Microsoft Launches Skype Lite for Old Phones Skype Lite strips everything about the messaging app back to make it more accessible to people with older handsets and/or limited internet connections. Unfortunately, you probably can't use it yet. Read More . And Twitter has now joined the party with Twitter Lite.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

As Twitter explains in an enlightening blog post, Twitter Lite is “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.” Twitter has also “optimized it for speed, with up to 30% faster launch times as well as quicker navigation throughout Twitter”.

Twitter Lite is primarily aimed at users in developing countries, where older phones lacking in storage, slow mobile networks, and spotty internet coverage are the norm. However, it’s actually now the default mobile web app for everyone, so you can use Twitter Lite regardless of location.

Twitter Lite is what’s called a Progressive Web App (PWA), which means it’s somewhere in between an app and a mobile website. This means you can access it through any browser on any device, but if you use Google Chrome on an Android device you’ll gain access to additional features such as push notifications.

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You can use Twitter Lite right now by visiting mobile.twitter.com, or find out more about it on lite.twitter.com.

Helping Twitter Reach More People

Twitter has been struggling to attract new users for several years now. I’ve personally tried my best to persuade people to give Twitter a go 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More , but growth has flatlined. This is in stark contrast to Facebook, which has continued to add hundreds of millions of users from all around the world.

Making Twitter accessible to as many people as possible is clearly a good idea, but it remains to be seen whether Twitter Lite will solve Twitter’s problems. After all, it does nothing to explain how Twitter works How To Use Twitter Without Screwing Up How To Use Twitter Without Screwing Up Twitter can be a touch cryptic, and it's easy to make mistakes from time to time – even if you're a longtime user. Here are a few common mistakes, and how to avoid them. Read More , or prevent harassment Tweeting While Female: Harassment, and How Twitter Can Fix It Tweeting While Female: Harassment, and How Twitter Can Fix It Twitter's abuse problem is real. Here are some examples, along with expert opinion on how Twitter can solve this. Read More . Which are both things keeping people away from Twitter.

Do you use Twitter? If so, what do you like about it? If not, why not? Do you find the whole thing incomprehensible? Or is it just not for you? Do you like the idea of Twitter Lite? Does it make you more likely to start using Twitter? Please let us know in the comments below!

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