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Gwibber restricts display 140 characters message limit

Reported by Anand Kumria on 2010-02-17
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Ken VanDine
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: gwibber

Gwibber uses a textbox displaying a 140 character limit even if are active only services that accept longer messages (eg: status.net, facebook, google buzz...)

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Feb 17 02:30:10 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: gwibber 2.29.1-0ubuntu1
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=en_AU.utf8
 PATH=(custom, user)
 LANG=en_AU.utf8
 SHELL=/usr/bin/zsh
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-13.18-generic
SourcePackage: gwibber
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-13-generic i686

Anand Kumria (wildfire) wrote :
Kamus (kamus) wrote :

Well, according to this paragraph extracted of Wikipedia (1) publisher (I can't find something similar at facebook wiki):
"For the user there is a 420 character limit, with a 1000 character limit when posting on a friend's Wall. In comparison", so I can confirm this issue is still occurring using gwibber 2.29.90 under Lucid as well as daily ppa version. Thanks in advance

[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook_features

Changed in gwibber (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
Kamus (kamus) on 2010-02-24
Changed in gwibber (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Abdusamed Ahmed (sir508) wrote :

doesn't twitter have 160 character limit? i don't use twitter but cause it has to do with sms... must be that problem

Perhaps you have not read the bug report fully.

Facebook does not impose a 140 character limit on status updates. But
Gwibber does not allow status updates if you only have Facebook
selected of more than 140 characters.

On Sun, May 16, 2010 at 4:40 PM, Abdusamed Ahmed <email address hidden> wrote:
> doesn't twitter have 160 character limit? i don't use twitter but cause
> it has to do with sms... must be that problem
>
> --
> gwibber restricts facebook status messages to 140 characters
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/522986
> You received this bug notification because you are a direct subscriber
> of the bug.
>
> Status in Gwibber: New
> Status in “gwibber” package in Ubuntu: Triaged
>
> Bug description:
> Binary package hint: gwibber
>
>
> 1)
>
> eve:[~]% lsb_release -rd
> Description:    Ubuntu lucid (development branch)
> Release:        10.04
> eve:[~]% apt-cache policy gwibber
>
> 2)
>
> gwibber:
>  Installed: 2.29.1-0ubuntu1
>  Candidate: 2.29.1-0ubuntu1
>  Version table:
>  *** 2.29.1-0ubuntu1 0
>        500 http://uk.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/universe Packages
>        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
> eve:[~]%
>
> 3)
>
> I have both Twitter and Facebook configured as broadcast account destinations. With only Twitter, or both, enabled there is a 140 characters count-down on the right hand side of the entry panel.
>
> If only Facebook is selected, this does not make any sense (now) as Facebook does not limit the entered broadcast message.
>
> 4)
>
> The 140 character countdown is displayed.
>
> ProblemType: Bug
> Architecture: i386
> Date: Wed Feb 17 02:30:10 2010
> DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
> Package: gwibber 2.29.1-0ubuntu1
> PackageArchitecture: all
> ProcEnviron:
>  LANGUAGE=en_AU.utf8
>  PATH=(custom, user)
>  LANG=en_AU.utf8
>  SHELL=/usr/bin/zsh
> ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-13.18-generic
> SourcePackage: gwibber
> Uname: Linux 2.6.32-13-generic i686
>
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This also happens with the AMD64bit version of Ubuntu Lucid. My current gwibber version is 2.30.0.1
from system monitor:
Release: 10.04
Kernel: 2.6.32-22-generic
Gnome: 2.30.0
Mem:3.7GiB
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64X2 Mobile Technology TL-52

I only added a facebook broadcast account. Not a twitter one, and it still restricts my messages to 140 characters which is the limit for twitter messages.

The service is a novel idea when integrated into the OS via the gnome panel. It is awesome to have, just needs that little tweak to stop it from being useless... facebook can hold more than 140, and if gwibber holds me back i wont use it. To be useful, it needs to be true to the service capacities.

Matthias Fasching (fasmat) wrote :

Although Gwibber counts down the 140 characters if I post something on facebook, it still sends the messages if they are longer than 140 (but shorter than 420). So the function of posting longer messages on facebook is not affected, it is just confusing that Gwibber shows that the message is too long, but is still able to send it...

Vadim Rutkovsky (roignac) wrote :

I guess, message length for countdown should be calculated as a minimum allowed length of all selected protocols

Changed in gwibber:
status: New → Confirmed
Phil Housley (undeconstructed) wrote :

Just to add confusion, there aren't always fixed limits per protocol. Statusnet for example can be configured with different limits per installation. That isn't important for identi.ca users, but private instances might well have been customised.

I agree with comment 7 otherwise, but it still wouldn't be necessarily accurate unless there was an option in account settings.

Since gwibber doesn't really restricts, and the bug also applies for other things than facebook, i changed name and description...
Hope everything is fine this way.

summary: - gwibber restricts facebook status messages to 140 characters
+ Gwibber errouneously display 140 characters message limit
description: updated
summary: - Gwibber errouneously display 140 characters message limit
+ Gwibber erroneously display 140 characters message limit
Dragonfly (mailboxcb-ubuntu) wrote :

I have the same problem with Gwibber. At this time, I use it for Twitter and Facebook and I'm limited by 140 characters. I can't send a message with Gwibber for my Facebook account, it's blocked.

Ubuntu 10.10
Gnome: 2.32.0
Linux 2.6.35-23-generic-pae
Gwibber 2.32.2

Adolfo Jayme (fitoschido) wrote :

This is still not fixed in Gwibber 3.0...

Ken VanDine (ken-vandine) wrote :

I agree we need to make the limit more flexible. The current implementation supports the lowest common denominator,out of all the services gwibber supports. It doesn't take into account what each account you have configured can support. The character limit is just one of many things affected by the need to support many services. I am targeting this feature for 3.2.

summary: - Gwibber erroneously display 140 characters message limit
+ Gwibber restricts display 140 characters message limit
Changed in gwibber:
milestone: none → 3.2
Changed in gwibber:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) on 2012-02-23
Changed in gwibber (Ubuntu):
importance: Low → Wishlist
Xavier Guillot (valeryan-24) wrote :

Bug still present in Gwibber 3.3.92, 140 characters limits also for Facebook (I did not test Status.net), and text in red when over-writing, but all the comment is well displayed on Facebook.

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) on 2012-04-06
Changed in gwibber:
assignee: nobody → Ken VanDine (ken-vandine)
milestone: 3.2 → none
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