Tip: When writing a status update on Facebook

Following on from my post about the limits on the additional fields displayed when you share a link in a status update, Tip: When Sharing URLs on Facebook, here’s one about the character limit for the Facebook status update field and where it truncates…

Tip: When writing an status update on Facebook

Character limit on field:

The character limit of Facebook status updates is publically available: 63,206 characters.

I am not going to show you what that looks like, as I don’t feel like writing a novella to provide the example (not today, anyway).

When displaying, truncates at:

News feed:

Status updates truncate at 400 characters. It truncates at the last full word (and punctuation), so there may be some minor variation:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc quis sapien sit amet massa cursus condimentum et vel dui. Etiam aliquam molestie mollis. Aenean non urna et felis tincidunt mollis. Maecenas iaculis tellus vel enim dignissim, eget tincidunt elit dictum. Praesent in fringilla risus. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Cras lorem diam,

What this looks like:

Screenshot of truncated status update in Facebook news feed (Taken 16 September 2013)

Screenshot of truncated status update in Facebook news feed (Taken 16 September 2013)

For the record, it truncates at 477 characters (mid word) on the Facebook for iPhone app:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc quis sapien sit amet massa cursus condimentum et vel dui. Etiam aliquam molestie mollis. Aenean non urna et felis tincidunt mollis. Maecenas iaculis tellus vel enim dignissim, eget tincidunt elit dictum. Praesent in fringilla risus. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Cras lorem diam, sagittis ac odio eu, dapibus vestibulum ligula. Duis sodales turpis purus, ve

What this looks like:

Screenshot of truncated status update in Facebook iPhone mobile app news feed (Taken 16 September 2013)

Screenshot of truncated status update in Facebook iPhone mobile app news feed (Taken 16 September 2013)

Profile page:

Same as news feed: updates truncate at 400 characters. It truncates at the last full word (and punctuation), so there may be some minor variation:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc quis sapien sit amet massa cursus condimentum et vel dui. Etiam aliquam molestie mollis. Aenean non urna et felis tincidunt mollis. Maecenas iaculis tellus vel enim dignissim, eget tincidunt elit dictum. Praesent in fringilla risus. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Cras lorem diam,

What this looks like:

Screenshot of truncated status update on Facebook profile page (Taken 16 September 2013)

Screenshot of truncated status update on Facebook profile page (Taken 16 September 2013)

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