Some of my friends have bigger text in their status updates on Facebook and it’s great because those really jump out and get lots of attention. How do I get the text in my updates to be extra big too?
I recently noticed that Facebook enabled larger text on certain updates too, and the answer to how it works can be given in a word: succinct. While there are all sorts of tricks for getting things in different languages, having upside-down text, even different ways to get emoji in your status update, the size of your text is actually determined by how long it is!
Without any fanfare, Facebook just decided it would try an experiment and turned on the larger text display for status updates that are less than 35 characters total.
Ahhh…. yes, if you look on your feed at which are showing up with the bigger typeface, it indeed are those that are just a few words, like “The Cubs Won!” or “You’re voting for…?” or “Done. I’m just done.”
Let’s have a closer look!
First off, here’s a typical status update I bumped into on Facebook that has the larger text:
What’s funny is that the people posting these updates don’t have a clue why their text is larger. I know, I’ve asked a few people. 🙂
A bit of experimentation…
And look what happens when I post this (under 35 character!) update:
Well, that’s cool!
Add a few more characters to this update, however, and the big text feature fails to appear:
Experimental verification demonstrates that a 34 character or less status update gets the bigger text, and anything 35 characters or longer is just a regular “old school” update. Oh, and the bigger text feature works on mobile too, in case you’re wondering:
Now, knowing the critical importance of your update being short and sweet for it to get the bonus of the larger text, is it better to be super succinct and gain this larger type, or for your update to have more words and be – hopefully – more engaging? Well, that might depend on your audience and readership.
Me? Now I know what’s going on, I’ll probably still post longer status updates. After all, if I want a bit more visibility and attention for my Facebook update, I’ll usually add a photo or other graphic to catch people’s eye!
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