Facebook Employees Experience Slower Internet Speeds In Poor Countries Via 2G Tuesdays

Posted: Oct 28 2015, 8:22am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 28 2015, 9:34pm CDT, in News | Technology News


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You probably surf the internet using a 3G connection or even 4G connection if you’re in the United States or some few other developed countries, but imagine the idea of surfing the internet or using Facebook on a 2G internet speed.

The connection would sure be dumb slow and take forever to open a single web page, and with a website like Facebook which is constantly updated with photos and videos, the experience might be appalling on a slow 2G internet speed connection.

"I felt like, 'Whoa!'" said engineering director Tom Alison on remembering when he first accessed Facebook using a 2G connection phone. "It definitely tested my patience — it felt like parts of the product were just broken." 

In order to better improve the experiences of users in poor countries where 2G is still in use, Facebook is launching 2G Tuesdays so that its employees can experience what users in developing countries experience – right in Silicon Valley, so as to be able to work out a solution to the problem.

Facebook employees have been able to experience this 2G connection speed in countries like India and Kenya among others, but for those who are not able to jump on the plane for an international travel, they can experience 2G connection every Tuesday in Silicon Valley.

The ultimate objective is to enable Facebook engineers rework Facebook’s News Feed and optimize it for super-slow network speeds.

For the Facebook employees in Silicon Valley, they will be asked via a prompt every Tuesday after logging into Facebook if they want to view their News Feed via a slower internet connection for about an hour.

"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," Alison said. "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."

Facebook had earlier in October made some improvements and updates for users in developing countries, and it also launched its Network Connection Class application which enables users to know their internet connection speed immediately.

"You really experience your own Facebook in a much different way on 2G," Alison noted. "It's really a visceral feeling when you see your own content on this type of connection."

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
Charles is covering the latest discoveries in science and health as well as new developments in technology. He is the Chief Editor or Intel-News.




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