Facebook Status Update Character Limit Now Much Higher

Google+ anyone?

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Facebook announced that it is increasing the character limit on status updates. In a status update on the Facebook + Journalists page, the company wrote:

“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.”

They also shared the following graphic:

Character Limit on status updates

The first thing this says to me is that Facebook recognizes the value of the blog-like posts that appear frequently on its new rival Google+. Quora, which has been popular among influencers, is also good for this kind of post. Facebook clearly doesn’t want these types of people, which include journalists and bloggers (hence the FB Page on which it was announced) to not think of Facebook as a good place to put these kinds of updates.

In fact, the company has been trying to become a more useful tool for journalists for a while now. The recent open graph announcements are strong indicator that the publishing side is working effectively. In April, Facebook launched the Journalists on Facebook Page and a journalist workshop program.

“As newsrooms become more social, the Page will provide a place for journalists to connect with each other, as well as have access to best practices for integrating the latest Facebook products with their work and connecting with the Facebook audience of more than 500 million people,” a Facebook spokesperson told us at the time.

The number is more like 800 million these days.

The whole thing is just another example of how the major social networks continue to become more and more similar to one another. I wonder when Twitter will drop the 140 character limit it has always been known for.

We have to wonder if Facebook is going to phase out its “notes” feature, which has essentially served as Facebook’s blogging feature.

Facebook Status Update Character Limit Now Much Higher
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  • http://secretstowebsuccess.com Dali Burgado

    Hey Chris, Thank you for the update. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I’m going to go see how different my stream is going to start looking. I like to read shorter content. If Twitter increased the 140 character limit, it wouldn’t be Twitter anymore.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      I haven’t noticed it in action yet, but I assume the long ones will be collapsed.

  • Mimi Drake

    So copycat Facebook is now allowing longer posts. So? You still can’t make paragraphs – hit return or enter, and your post has been sent.

    • Risket

      You still haven’t discovered Shift+Enter to return to a new line? (^_^) You can make paragraphs in Facebook just fine….

      ….but Google+ does it better.

  • http://www.freshbrands.co.uk Mr BBuds

    Facebook is so far behind it’s ridiculous. It’s pretty rich that Zuckerberg described Google+ as Google’s little Facebook. Far from it. I don’t understand how anyone can justify the $100 bn valuation for Facebook.

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