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Twitter Acquires Blogging Service Posterous

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Twitter, the popular social networking site that lets users share updates in just 140 characters, has just announced that it has acquired Posterous, a micro-blogging service.

The terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed. Both companies announced the acquisition on their respective company blogs.

Posterous Spaces, the company’s blogging platform, was an early competitor to Tumblr and allows users to share text, video and pictures with others. According to the post on Posterous’ website, the product “will remain up and running without disruption. We will give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service.”

A similar message is conveyed in Twitter’s post, although it mentions there will be instructions on how to back up content in the coming weeks.

“Acquisitions have given us people and technology that have enabled us to more quickly build a better Twitter for you,” it is also said.

Lots of hypotheses about what Twitter will do with the service are swirling around the tech industry, but there is general agreement that the message is that Twitter is looking to expand its feature set.

“It appears Twitter is looking to evolve from the status update service it started as to an information service optimized for sharing and consuming information and content,” Gartner research director Michael Gartenberg said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Tweet Tweet: Twitter Turns 5!

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Monday marked the five year anniversary of the first "tweet" sent via Twitter. The micro-blogging company launched five years ago on March 21, 2006. The first tweet by company co-founder Jack Dorsey, was simple: "inviting coworkers."

Despite Twitter's 140-character maximum per tweet, the service has had an enormous impact on the way people share information.

Since its launch, Twitter has directly influenced change around the world, facilitating the fall of governments and creating a powerful platform for social and political activism.

Unrest in the Middle East -- most recently in Libya and Egypt, but going back to 2009 in Iran -- were heavily influenced by the ease with which Twitter allowed participants to share critical information that governments would have suppressed.

It's also allowed many people to have a new voice, and some celebrities -- including Charlie Sheen and Gilbert Gottfried -- have tweeted their way straight to infamy.

Twitter also has allowed many public figures to bypass traditional media to get their message out directly to followers. On its website the company says it has 175 million registered users, with 370,000 people signing up every day. An estimated 140 million tweets are sent each day, the company said on its blog this month.

The company was founded by Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams.

In January 2008, Twitter had eight employees. The company now employs 400 people.

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