Facebook increases status updates character limit to 60,000+

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Facebook continues to make new changes to its site features with the recent change being  a 12 times increase in the character limit of status updates.

According to Facebook’s Journalist Program Manager Vadim Lavrusik, Facebook has now increased the maximum length of status updates from 5000 characters to 60,000 characters.

In a post on the Facebook+ Journalists page, Lavrusik writes, “In September, we increased the character limit on status updates to 5,000 characters. Today, we’re announcing that you can now write posts with more than 60,000 characters.”

In the beginning, the character count on Facebook was restricted to 160 characters. Later in 2011, Facebook increased the character limit by three times. The status update limit jumped to 500 characters in July this year and to 5,000 characters in later in September. However, Google Plus scores above Facebook when it comes to character limit, allowing users to post updates of about 1,00,000 characters, while Twitter still maintains its limit of 140 characters.

This new change will help people share longer posts that they were initially sharing through Notes feature, directly using the status updates. However, one cannot say if this increase in character count would help posts gain more visibility in the news feed? What do you think?


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