Font size on social media
November 13, 2016 2:32 PM   Subscribe

I only use facebook and twitter via a web browser. Recently I've noticed that certain posts have a larger font than others. Whats going on????!!! Here's another example from Twitter.

Currently I'm using an old version of Ubuntu at work but it looks the same on Windows 10 at home.
I think this is a recent change, anyone know why?
posted by kittensofthenight to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
On Facebook it's a recent change. Posts with under a number of characters will use a smaller font.
I never got how that happened with Twitter. Thought it was something to do with interactions or whatever, but seems not.
posted by lmfsilva at 2:36 PM on November 13, 2016

With Twitter, at least, larger type size = more likes. Not sure about Facebook.
posted by ArgyleGargoyle at 2:36 PM on November 13, 2016

Oh, I rarely use twitter, mostly just to follow links from MeFi, that explains Twitter.
posted by kittensofthenight at 2:38 PM on November 13, 2016

According to this blog post I found googling around, it's part of facebook's ongoing process of revamping text-only posts.
posted by lmfsilva at 2:41 PM on November 13, 2016

This started bugging me a few weeks ago on Facebook, so I tested. If a status update is at least 85 characters, it will go back to a non-obnoxious font size. At least until Facebook changes it again.
posted by Pandora Kouti at 2:54 PM on November 13, 2016 [5 favorites]

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