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Facebook increases limit on status updates to 63,206 characters

November 30, 2011 |  7:13 pm

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Wordy and long-winded Facebook users may officially rejoice.

Twitter may limit you to a paltry 140 characters. But Facebook wants you to go on and on (and on).

The social networking site has increased its limit in status updates to more than 60,000 characters  -- 63,206 characters to be exact. That means you could fit an entire novel into nine status updates. (If you are a friend of mine, I am asking you nicely not to try).

Just this summer, Facebook pumped up the limit to 5,000 from 500 characters for those who are congenitally incapable of keeping things short and sweet. Back in the olden days (March 2009), the limit was 160 characters, a 20-word premium on Twitter.

Still Facebook doesn't let you go on as long as Google+. There the limit appears to be 100,000 characters.

For that, you may have to buy a few vowels from Vanna White.

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Photo: Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg shows off the social network's new "time line" feature at its annual developers conference in San Francisco in September. Credit: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg.

 

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