The surprising news came today via the Posterous blog, with the company announcing that they had been acquired by Twitter, and that despite the move the service will remain "up and running" without disruption.
It appears there are no immediate plans to make changes, but the team says they will give lots of notice if they are planning on changing the service, and that they will offer backup services for those who want to move in the coming weeks. A FAQ posted by the Posterous team reiterates that nothing is changing in the near future.
Twitter's official announcement today said that they "are welcoming a very talented group from Posterous to Twitter" and that "Posterous engineers, product managers and others will join our teams working on several key initiatives that will make Twitter even better." The move appears to be a talent acquisition rather than a technology one as the teams are merging rather than remaining relatively seperate.
The announcement from Posterous is below:
The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn’t be happier about bringing our team’s expertise to a product that reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe. Plus, the people at Twitter are genuinely nice folks who share our vision for making sharing simpler.
Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption. We’ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service. For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks.
You can find more information answers to other questions you may have here.
Finally, we’d like to offer thanks to all of our users, especially those who have been with Posterous since day one. The last four years have been an amazing journey. Your encouragement, praise and criticism have made us better. Thanks for that. We look forward to building great things for you over at Twitter.