Q&A Time … Q: What Did Twitter Buy? A: Fluther!

Twitter dipped into the question-and-answer arena, announcing its purchase of Fluther, which describes itself as “a free Q&A collective that specializes in getting fast answers from the right people.”

Fluther co-founder and CEO Ben Finkel, co-founder and president Andrew McClain, lead architect Tim Trueman, and staffers Richard Henry and Cameron Dutro will join Twitter.

Carolyn Penner from Twitter communications wrote on the Twitter Blog:

Today, we’re adding four engineers and one designer through our acquisition of the team at Fluther Inc. During our conversations with Fluther’s team, we were continually impressed by their technical talent, entrepreneurial spirit, and much of the thinking behind the question-and-answer product they’ve spent the last couple of years building.

When the Fluther team joins us, they will focus on helping users discover the most relevant content on Twitter. Their product, Fluther.com, is not part of the acquisition and will remain separate from Twitter.

And Finkel and McClain wrote on The Fluther Blog:

We love Twitter, and we think their wonderful culture and technology are a perfect match for our team. It’s the ideal place for us to keep building things that people love.

For the community: Don’t panic. We are planning to keep Fluther.com up and running, as it is, as a separate project from Twitter. We won’t be developing it, as we’re now focused on Twitter, but Lisa Noll will continue on as community manager and maintainer.

Thank you to everyone who helped Fluther grow from an idea into a thriving community with more than 1 million visitors per month. We’ll have more details about the state of Fluther in the coming weeks.