Facebook increase its limit from 500 to 5,000 in September, and today announced its limit is now over 60,000. That’s 1/9th the length of a novel. This gives users the flexibility to write full-fledged blog posts or even longer content. However, I suspect that Facebook was also trying to neutralize one more selling point of its competitor.
Google+ launched saying it has no character limit, though my tests show it stops publishing at 100,000.
If you try to publish any more than 60,000+ characters on Facebook, it tells you “Status is Too Long” and asks if you want to publish that text as a Note instead. That’s a pretty graceful step.
Google+ wouldn’t publish anything over 100,000 characters, giving me the excuse that “There was a problem saving your post. Please try again.”
Facebook’s enormous user base means people are using it in all sorts of ways. Maybe someone out there wanted to publish wordy blog posts or whole chapters of their book in installments. Both Google+ and Facebook thankfully curtail epic status updates.