The app which was introduced last year with the goal of bringing in more users from emerging markets to Twitter helps to solve several barriers like slow mobile networks, expensive data plans and lack of space on mobile devices.
In a move similar to other data saving apps like Facebook Lite or YouTubeGo, Twitter Lite is designed to load faster on slower network connections like 2G and 3G and take up less space on the phone. The app was first launched as a test in the Philippines in September last year, before rolling out to a couple dozen more countries in November 2017.
With the announcement, the company is making the app available to 21 new countries, including: Argentina, Belarus, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
This means the data-saving app available to more than 45 countries in total, as Twitter Lite is already in Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Serbia, El Salvador, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Tanzania and Venezuela, in addition to the Philippines.
The move is expected to help Twitter expand its presence internationally. The company currently has about 330 million monthly active users, 80% of whom are outside the U.S.