In an effort to expand past its 319 million users and potentially reach those in developing regions, Twitter made a ‘Lite’ version of its service.
‘Twitter Lite’ was built on Google Progressive Web App (PWA) and is a mobile web experience that users can connect to via mobile.twitter.com, which means there is no need to constant downloads on your device. Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Africa are the main target markets for Twitter Lite, however, Twitter notes the Lite version is available to all and loads faster on slower connections (apparently as much as 30 percent faster than its app), more “resilient on unreliable mobile networks,” and occupies less than 1MB on your device.
Twitter Lite is a faster, data friendly way for people to use Twitter to see what’s happening in the world.
— Twitter (@Twitter) April 6, 2017
In addition, Twitter has also a “data saver mode.” This is available to all users and saves on data by initially blurring out pictures and videos, then lets you select which ones you want to fully load. Twitter says activating this feature will reduce your data usage by up to 70 percent.