Epic-Long Facebook Status Updates Are a Horrible Idea

facebook status updatesWe all have them: Those bothersome Facebook friends that share status updates all day, every day. Well, what if I told you that those hassling updates were about to get a whole lot longer? Yes, Facebook announced Wednesday that users can now write posts with more than 60,000 characters. Actually it's 63,206 characters, to be exact. That's 12 times the current max, and 400 times the size of a tweet! Ay caramba!

"For reference, a novel has roughly 500,000 characters," Facebook posted. "This could be shared in 9 posts."

... a freakin' novel!? Someone, anyone, PLEASE tell me why this is a good idea!


With the new lengthier status update, users can essentially use the social network as a personal blog complete with long, rambling posts. Or, they can be "that friend" who posts chapters from Moby Dick or Great Expectations simply because they can. You know what you can do in response? BLOCK, immediately!

Can you see that I'm not exactly excited for this new Facebook change? I've kept a few of those status haggling "friends" around because, as annoying as they can be, they're still pretty entertaining. The thought of those friends literally taking over my feed? No thank you! Looks like Facebook's latest tweak means it's finally time to do some unfriending, and to be honest, it's probably for the best.

On a positive note, I'm pretty optimistic that my real friends will use the longer status updates with restraint. One could hope that maybe the longer Facebook posts will bring better quality content. Lately, I've seen tidbits on my feed about what people are listening to and reading about. With the new status feature, it would be cool to get a sneak peek of the articles or lyrics, too.

What do you think of the ability to post longer messages on Facebook?


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