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Facebook Lite (image courtesy of Hacker News)

Social networking site Facebook has rolled out a new slim down version of Facebook aimed at people with slow net connections.

Currently, Facebook Lite is only available in India and the USA and it's not clear whether it will be made available in other regions.

We decided to roll out Facebook Lite in the U.S. to give users a simple, expedient alternative to facebook.com, and hope that it will fill this need. While the majority of our user base is outside the United States, we're always working to enhance the new user experience even in markets where facebook.com is easily accessible, Facebook said in an email to TechCrunch.

The interface, which can be found at lite.facebook.com, has some notable changes compared to the full Facebook. It does not have applications and its designed in such a way that graphics are kept to the bare minimum.

We have also found that people who are new to Facebook tend to be most interested in a simpler experience, focus on establishing their network of friends and communicating with them by writing on their walls, sending messages, and looking at pictures. We have introduced the Lite site with these new users in mind.

If users want to cross over to Facebook Lite, the social networking company has confirmed that all of the sharing and status information is retained, as well as your friends, your photographs and your videos.