Twitter Acquires Microblogging Website Posterous

Microblogging website Twitter has bought another smaller microblogging service called Posterous, a rival to Tumblr; details of the deal have yet to be made public.

Posterous is a more complex version of Twitter where users can create short posts very easily without having to stick to the 140-character limit from Twitter and using the web, a mobile application or via e-mail.

Posterous' service Spaces will continue to be active and run "without disruption" although users wishing to move to rival platforms will be able to do so with instructions being provided shortly.

This hints at a potential short term term termination of the service or perhaps a consolidation between Twitter and Posterous with the former integrating some aspects of the latter.

Twitter said in a post that "Posterous engineers, product managers and others will join our teams working on several key initiatives that will make Twitter even better". It has also confirmed that it is looking to bring onboard new blood as part of the acquisition process.

Posterous was launched back in 2008 and claims to have 15 million unique users but was still in the red as of September 2011. Its CEO, Sachin Agarwal, said back then that paid for services were on the way.