Great news for Facebook addicts; from now on you will be able to post status updates 63,206 characters long! I don’t exactly know who and why on earth would post that long Facebook status, but I clearly see competition behind this news.
Google plus claims to have no character limits for posts, though practically it stops working at 100,000 characters. Facebook status characters were initially limited to 160, slightly over 140-character tweets. In September 2011 Facebook status characters got a much looser limit; 5000 characters and today Facebook announces a huge sprint up to 63,206 characters.
Why exactly 63,206?
This question is what first came to my mind and I bet I’m not the only one. Facebook engineer Bob Baldwin’s comment explains “I set the exact limit to something nerdy. Facebook … Face Boo K … hex(FACE) – K … 64206 – 1000 = 63206 ”
Is there any practical use?
Having a 63,206 limit of Facebook status characters may be referred to as an improvement for the ones who are using Facebook as a blogging platform via statuses or anything like that. But an average blogger would hardly ever write a blog post longer than 5,000 characters, let alone 63,206! However, it would be fun to try out and annoy your friends with longer-than-life statuses!