Following a slew of other major updates, Facebook announced in November that its users would be able to sharestatus updates up to 63,206 characters long. That’s a little harder to visualize than Twitter’s 140-character limit.
So, we measured 10 other textual things to determine whether they made Facebook‘s character cut. Did you know you can fit an entire movie script in your Facebook status? Or that you can share multiple copies of the U.S. Constitution? Find out which iconic texts you can squeeze into Facebook’s 63,206-character limit below.
If you’re curious how Facebook arrived at this seemingly random number, Facebook engineer Bob Baldwinexplained to ZDnet, “I set the exact limit to something nerdy. Facebook … Face Boo K … hex(FACE) – K … 64206 – 1000 = 63206.” In other words, Baldwin calculated the number using the hexadecimal numeral system: The hexadecimal value of “FACE” is 64,206. Then, Baldwin subtracted “K,” or “kilo-” (the prefix for 1,000), to arrive at 63,206.