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Trick To Bypass Facebook’s 420 Characters Status Update Limit

I update my Facebook status very often. So often that some of my friends have even blocked me from their feeds because I was all over it. It is at that time when Facebook sometimes shows me a dialog box saying “Your status update is too long. The maximum status length is 420 characters, but it is 16401 characters long.”

Your status update is too long. The maximum status length is 420 characters, but it is 877 characters long.

OMG! 16k! Who are you? Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?

It does happen sometimes (but if it is 16401, then you got some issues). It can be an excerpt from a poem or a quote from a book. A funny conversation between two people or a bunch of long links. We all have seen this screen at one time or the other.

One way to be pass it is to copy that status update and post it as a comment on a status something like “See below!” since comments have a huge character limit.

Another way is to post an image while updating your status and then write whatever you want under the description of the image which will look like a status update.

Upload a photo. Preferably a 1 pixel image.

Upload a photo. Preferably a 1 pixel image.

Upload an image, I use a 1 pixel image (download from here), zoom in, find a black dot and download it by right clicking and choosing save image as). Upload it from your hard drive once downloaded and write whatever you want! No more 420 character limit for you! And tell me, is this trick feasible?

Why did we use a 1 pixel image? Because it is small. Too small for anyone to even notice it.

And BTW, I inserted a 1 pixel image in the post. Did you notice it? ;)

PS: Using a 1 pixel image is not compulsory, any image can be used for that matter.

Download the 1 pixel image from here (don’t forget to zoom in!)

Did the trick work for you? If yes, then write it as a comment. In case it didn’t, mention the error that you got in the comments!

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  1. runa
    August 12, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    pretty cool tactic! :D thanks! :D

  2. Ever
    August 14, 2010 at 6:01 am

    You are effing amazing and even though I don’t know you, I completely love you right now! :P I have been looking all around trying to figure this out and I’ve read a few tutorials by some other people but still couldn’t figure it out. Yours is the greatest! It’s well put together and easy to follow!

    Thanks for taking the time to explain this for people like me :P

    I have a few friends who have been trying to figure out this same problem and I will now be referring them to this page :o)

    Thanks again!

  3. Ankur
    August 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    It works even to bypass the maximum 6 people tagging limit….

    • October 22, 2010 at 11:15 am

      That would tag people in the photo rather than in the status.

  4. August 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Just asking, where’s that 1 pixel image?

    • August 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

      I’ve linked it. Check properly.

      Sent from my iPod

  5. morice
    September 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    hey thanks man! It worked well :)

  6. Morteza
    September 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks a lot!

  7. Maryss
    September 24, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Hey man! This thing was f(k!ng awesome! Was bitching about this for quite some time now, and you’re one hell of a genius. Thanks man. Thanks a lot :D

  8. 10der1
    September 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Thank you sooooo much… you are a life saver…lol

  9. October 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    this is amazing! im really impressed! kudos to you! keep up the brilliant work! XD

  10. HT
    October 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Thank you! It totally worked! You rock!

  11. Rob
    October 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Even better: use a transparent gif :)

  12. Rob
    October 13, 2010 at 10:14 am

    …a 1 pixel transparent gif, I mean…

  13. TOM_C_A_T
    October 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Here is better thing….

    A transparent 1×1 Pixels GIF….

    which will never show up ! :)

    click the link to get it !

  14. Sypedaype
    October 31, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Nice staf, men! Mama love Googlez!

  15. Nitish
    November 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    thnx dude……

  16. asdf
    November 24, 2010 at 6:38 am

    i dont get how to use it …

  17. ushar
    November 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks its awesome.

  18. Lanie
    December 2, 2010 at 1:28 am

    holy i almost couldn’t zoom in enough to find the 1 pixel image haha …thanks for the tip …gonna try it out :)

  19. December 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    when I post it on fb it shows in a frame so that it still looks like a picture even if it is just 1 pixel you can see the frame. Is that how you intended it to be done or am I doing sth wrong?

  20. kikio
    December 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

    thank you its work like charming

  21. FlashTec
    December 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Totally awesome advice, to save the gif just choose save as… in the menu, atleast if u run IE!

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