Today We are Excited About Twitter Lite!


Photo via mobilemarketingwatch

Photo via mobilemarketingwatch

Twitter today has launched a new mobile app and it might interest Nigerians. The Twitter Mobile app, Twitter Lite aims to save users of their data and grant them easier access in slow-connection areas globally.

Everyone knows the cost of internet in Nigeria is on the high side and this affects internet users heavily. Twitter broke this exciting news today and we cannot even hold back our joy. Facebook in the past launched a similar service, allowing users access to low data media (mostly text and less photos/video).

According to Twitter, the new web app is resilient on unreliable mobile networks, and takes up less than 1MB on devices. Is this not every Nigerian internet user’s dream?

Here is what Twitter wrote:

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 MB 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 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.

Twitter Nigeria is an active community, buzzing with new slangs, topics and issues covering diverse fields, from governance to religion to culture down to jokes, Twitter Nigeria as it is popularly called has been known to influence pop culture, politics, humanities and general social interaction around the country. Twitter remains one important social tool in the modern Nigerian internet space which has planned a huge role in politics and many forms of social awareness in the country.

Photo via digitaltrends

Photo via digitaltrends

 Nigeria once ranked second as the country with the most Twitter users in 2012. A study titled ‘How Africa Tweets’ was conducted by Portland communications in 2015 and it revealed Nigeria as the country with the second largest geolocated tweets in Africa, clocking (360) million. Egypt had the most geolocated tweets in Africa (500) million. Third is South Africa (325) million.

Twitter Lite is a new type of Progressive Web App (PWA) developed in partnership with Google. See full details HERE.