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Twitter Is Testing A Change For One Of Its Most Iconic Features

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Twitter Is Testing A Change For One Of Its Most Iconic Features
Twitter admits some users may still have an "emotional attachment to 140 characters."
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Twitter might soon be changing one of its defining features, but some users aren't entirely sold. 

The company announced Tuesday it's testing out doubling the website's iconic 140-character limit to 280. CEO Jack Dorsey later tweeted his support for the news — and yes, his tweet had exactly 280 characters. 

Officials from Twitter admit some users may have an "emotional attachment to 140 characters." But the company said it decided to run the test after noticing how different languages are affected by the character limit.

But ... did people actually ask for this?

Twitter users pretty routinely get around the character limit by posting text-heavy screenshots or threading long series of tweets into mammoth "tweetstorms."

Beyond higher character limits, many users —  perhaps most notably Kim Kardashian West — have also asked Twitter to create an "edit" feature. Another heavily requested feature? Better ways to prevent online harassment

Twitter has responded to both requests, and even announced earlier this summer it's working on better combating online harassment. In the meantime, a portion of users will at least have 140 more characters to make their requests.

Correction: A previous version of this article did not make it clear that the character limit change is a test for some users.