Facebook has recently rolled out a whole bunch of new features and changes that the it hopes will cement its position as the social media platform of choice.  The social network has apparently increased the status update character limit to 5,000 from a only 500 characters from what we have tested.

Facebook has also changed other stuff including the new news ticker bar on the right pane. The news ticker shows your friends current activities on Facebook, including leaving comments, status updates and uploading photos. Facebook has also pushed out the floating navigation bar we’ve heard so much about.

With 500 characters, Facebook updates were not much different from Twitter’s 140 characters and almost put it on the micro-blogging platform cadre. The change to 5,000 characters further pulls Facebook away from the micro status to something bigger.

The other removal is the update box which is now not so present but can be accessed by clicking on “update status” link.