Historically, we’ve kept updates, comments and private messages to 140 characters. This was because an SMS is 160 characters long, your username takes upto 15 characters etc. But things have moved on fast since then; almost all handsets support “SMS concatenation” which means they can send and receive long SMS by stitching single messages together. It works pretty well.
Starting today, you can now send updates as much as 420 characters long! This gives you ample space for those thoughts when 140 just won’t do.
The other main reason we wanted to increase this limit was the answer to the question “what do you do if you have something longer to say?” In the online world, you write a blog post and you share the shortened link. But what about all those users who don’t have access to the Internet or a smartphone? Pring was designed from the ground-up to support SMS and it is important for us that every feature we launch works well over SMS. Short messages work well for sharing links, commenting and chatting; long messages are useful for conveying larger thoughts.
We hope you enjoy our update and that you keep sending us your feedback.
Until next time, Happy Pringing!