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Facebook ‘2G Tuesdays’ to slow down Internet for employees

  • Facebook has announced an internal initiative called ‘2G Tuesdays’
    that will help employees better understand how hard it is to use the social
    platform on slow Internet connections, like the kind prevalent in India and other
    emerging markets,
    Gadgets360 said in
    a report.
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  • “People are coming online at a fast rate in emerging markets.
    • Facebook has announced an internal initiative called ‘2G Tuesdays’
      that will help employees better understand how hard it is to use the social
      platform on slow Internet connections, like the kind prevalent in India and other
      emerging markets,
      Gadgets360 said in
      a report.
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    • “People are coming online at a fast rate in emerging markets.
      In most cases, they are doing so on mobile via 2G connections. But on a typical
      2G network, it can take several minutes to download a webpage. That doesn’t
      make for a great experience when sharing content with friends and family. To
      build for a global audience like ours, we know that we need to design features
      that work seamlessly even on a 2G network,” Product Manager Chris Marra
      said in a blog post.
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    • Under Facebook’s 2G Tuesdays, employees will have to use the social
      platform as well as other related apps such as Messenger on slow Internet
      connections. Notably, the new initiative has an opt-in option and employees
      will only have the slow Internet connection for an hour.
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    • “We’re taking another step toward better understanding by
      implementing ‘2G Tuesdays’ for Facebook employees. On Tuesdays employees will
      get a pop-up that gives them the option to simulate a 2G connection. We hope
      this will help us understand how people with 2G connectivity use our product,
      so we can address issues and pain points in future builds,” added Marra.
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    • Detailing how the new initiative will work, Tom Alison, Facebook’s
      Director of Engineering, told
      Business
      Insider
      , “For that next hour, their experience on Facebook will be
      very much like the experience that millions of people around the world have on
      Facebook on a 2G connection. They’re going to see the places that we need to
      improve our product, but they’re also going to see the places where we have
      made a lot of progress.”
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    • The world’s biggest social network, back in June, had rolled out a
      new Android app called Facebook Lite for slow connections, which was available
      in countries across Asia and was also planned to roll out in parts of Latin
      America, Africa and Europe.

     

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