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Yahoo! Groups

Yahoo! Groups was a free-to-use system of electronic mailing lists offered by Yahoo!.

Yahoo! Groups
Type of site
Electronic mailing lists and Internet forums
OwnerYahoo!
URLArchived official website at the Wayback Machine (archive index)
CommercialYes
LaunchedJanuary 30, 2001; 20 years ago (2001-01-30)
Current statusDefunct

Prior to February 2020, Yahoo! Groups was one of the world's largest collections of online discussion boards. It allowed members to subscribe to various groups, read subscribed discussions online, view and share photos, files and bookmarks within a group, access a group calendar, create polls for group members, and receive email notifications of new discussion topics. Some groups were simply announcement boards, to which only the group moderators could post, while others were discussion forums. Depending on each group's settings, membership could be open to everyone or only to invited and/or approved people.

On February 1, 2020, Yahoo! removed online access to discussions and all other features except simple membership management, essentially turning all groups into mailing lists, and on October 13, 2020 it announced that Yahoo Groups would shut down completely on December 15, 2020.

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Yahoo! Groups was launched in early 2001 as an integration of technology from eGroups.com and community groups from both eGroups.com and Yahoo! Clubs.

Yahoo! Clubs was launched in 1998 as an extension of services developed by Yahoo! Message. In August 2000 Yahoo acquired eGroups.com. In 2001 Yahoo! deleted adult groups from its search directory, making it very difficult to locate Yahoo! groups with adult content. The Groups Updates Email feature was introduced in 2010. It summarized, in a single email, all the updates that occurred every twenty-four hours in all groups.

In September 2010, a major facelift was rolled out, making Yahoo! Groups look very similar to Facebook.

Former Yahoo! Groups logo, used from 2009 until 2013.
Former Yahoo! Groups logo, used from 2013 until 2019.

In December, Yahoo! Groups Japan emailed its users, and posted a notice on its homepage, to announce that its service, which commenced in February 2004, would be closing on May 28, 2014.

In October 2019, Yahoo announced that all content that had been posted to Yahoo Groups will be deleted on December 14, 2019; that date was later amended to January 31, 2020. Yahoo announced that adding new content would be blocked on October 28, 2019.

Once the content was deleted, users of Yahoo! Groups were only able to browse the Group directory, request invitations and, if members of a group, send messages to that group.

On October 13, 2020 Yahoo announced they would be shutting down Yahoo Groups on December 15, 2020. The site was closed down a few days after the advertised date, displaying a message that the service was officially shut down. This message stopped appearing at the end of January 2021 and the Yahoo Groups web address began redirecting to the main Yahoo page.

Criticism and controversy

On August 31, 2010, Yahoo! Groups started rolling out a major software change, which was denounced by a large number of users. The re-model was completely abandoned on January 12, 2011.

According to a September 9, 2013 Reuters article, "Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted from overseas", Yahoo! and Facebook groups were being used, illegally and without government regulation, by parents to advertise unwanted children for "private re-homing". Yahoo! immediately closed down the forums that Reuters brought to their attention, although Facebook did not.

In August 2008, Yahoo! Group staff reported that there were 113 million users, and nine million Groups using 22 languages.

In July 2010, the web analytics website Quantcast reported around 915 thousand unique visitors daily to the Yahoo! Groups website (US). In January 2011, that number had increased to 933 thousand unique visitors daily. The number did not include Yahoo! Group members who accessed the Groups site via email.

In September 2010, at its "Product Runway" event, Yahoo! told reporters that Yahoo! Groups had 115 million group members and that there were 10 million Yahoo! Groups.

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Yahoo! Groups
Yahoo Groups Language Watch Edit Yahoo Groups was a free to use system of electronic mailing lists offered by Yahoo Yahoo GroupsType of siteElectronic mailing lists and Internet forumsOwnerYahoo URLArchived official website at the Wayback Machine archive index CommercialYesLaunchedJanuary 30 2001 20 years ago 2001 01 30 1 Current statusDefunct Prior to February 2020 Yahoo Groups was one of the world s largest collections of online discussion boards It allowed members to subscribe to various groups read subscribed discussions online view and share photos files and bookmarks within a group access a group calendar create polls for group members and receive email notifications of new discussion topics Some groups were simply announcement boards to which only the group moderators could post while others were discussion forums Depending on each group s settings membership could be open to everyone or only to invited and or approved people On February 1 2020 Yahoo removed online access to discussions and all other features except simple membership management essentially turning all groups into mailing lists and on October 13 2020 it announced that Yahoo Groups would shut down completely on December 15 2020 2 3 Contents 1 History 1 1 Criticism and controversy 2 Site statistics 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksHistory EditYahoo Groups was launched in early 2001 as an integration of technology from eGroups com and community groups from both eGroups com and Yahoo Clubs 4 Yahoo Clubs was launched in 1998 as an extension of services developed by Yahoo Message In August 2000 Yahoo acquired eGroups com 5 6 7 In 2001 Yahoo deleted adult groups from its search directory making it very difficult to locate Yahoo groups with adult content The Groups Updates Email feature was introduced in 2010 It summarized in a single email all the updates that occurred every twenty four hours in all groups In September 2010 a major facelift was rolled out making Yahoo Groups look very similar to Facebook Former Yahoo Groups logo used from 2009 until 2013 Former Yahoo Groups logo used from 2013 until 2019 In December Yahoo Groups Japan emailed its users and posted a notice on its homepage to announce that its service which commenced in February 2004 would be closing on May 28 2014 8 In October 2019 Yahoo announced that all content that had been posted to Yahoo Groups will be deleted on December 14 2019 9 that date was later amended to January 31 2020 10 Yahoo announced that adding new content would be blocked on October 28 2019 11 12 Once the content was deleted users of Yahoo Groups were only able to browse the Group directory request invitations and if members of a group send messages to that group 13 14 On October 13 2020 Yahoo announced they would be shutting down Yahoo Groups on December 15 2020 2 3 The site was closed down a few days after the advertised date displaying a message that the service was officially shut down 15 This message stopped appearing at the end of January 2021 and the Yahoo Groups web address began redirecting to the main Yahoo page Criticism and controversy Edit On August 31 2010 Yahoo Groups started rolling out a major software change 16 which was denounced by a large number of users 17 The re model was completely abandoned on January 12 2011 18 According to a September 9 2013 Reuters article Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted from overseas Yahoo and Facebook groups were being used illegally and without government regulation by parents to advertise unwanted children for private re homing Yahoo immediately closed down the forums that Reuters brought to their attention although Facebook did not 19 Site statistics EditIn August 2008 Yahoo Group staff reported that there were 113 million users and nine million Groups using 22 languages 20 In July 2010 the web analytics website Quantcast reported around 915 thousand unique visitors daily to the Yahoo Groups website US In January 2011 that number had increased to 933 thousand unique visitors daily The number did not include Yahoo Group members who accessed the Groups site via email 21 In September 2010 at its Product Runway event Yahoo told reporters that Yahoo Groups had 115 million group members and that there were 10 million Yahoo Groups 22 See also EditGoogle Groups GroupSpaces closed Meetup com MSN Groups closed Windows Live Groups closed UsenetReferences Edit Yahoo Opens A New Place For Communities With Yahoo Groups Press release Santa Clara California Yahoo January 30 2001 Archived from the original on May 2 2006 Retrieved April 17 2021 a b Yahoo Groups to shut down on December 15 2020 Yahoo October 13 2020 Retrieved October 13 2020 a b Brinkmann Martin October 14 2020 Farewell Yahoo Groups Shutting down on December 15 2020 Ghacks Retrieved October 26 2020 Conder Bob February 1 2001 Yahoo Groups Moderator News January 2001 Groups io Kleinbard David June 28 2000 Yahoo to buy eGroups CNN Retrieved April 4 2021 Hu Jim January 2 2002 Yahoo buys email list service eGroups in stock deal CNET Retrieved November 20 2010 Yahoo Completes eGroups Acquisition Press release Yahoo August 31 2000 Archived from the original on October 17 2000 Retrieved April 3 2021 Yahoo Groups Japan in Japanese yahoo co jp Archived from the original on December 19 2013 Retrieved December 22 2013 Pearson Jordan October 17 2019 Yahoo Groups Is Winding Down and All Content Will Be Permanently Removed Vice Media Retrieved November 9 2019 Yahoo Extends Deadline for Deletion of Yahoo Groups Data Search Engine Journal December 13 2019 Understand what s changing in Yahoo Groups Verizon Media October 17 2019 Archived from the original on October 17 2019 Retrieved November 9 2019 Understand what s changing in Yahoo Groups Yahoo Help Verizon Media Retrieved November 8 2019 Brown Dalvin Yahoo Groups is shutting down Act soon or lose all your old photos message history USA TODAY Peters Jay October 16 2019 Yahoo will delete all Yahoo Groups content on December 14th The Verge Yahoo Groups Shutdown Yahoo Archived from the original on December 18 2020 Retrieved October 18 2020 Yahoo Groups Blog Welcome to the improved Yahoo Groups Ygroupsblog com August 31 2010 Retrieved on 2010 11 20 Archived September 20 2010 at the Wayback Machine de beste bron van informatie over tch crunch Archived March 8 2016 at the Wayback Machine tchcrunch com Retrieved on November 20 2010 Yahoo Groups Blog New Groups Experience Rollback Ygroupsblog com January 10 2011 Archived from the original on May 24 2012 Retrieved May 4 2012 Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted from overseas Reuters Retrieved December 12 2014 Yahoo Groups Blog Ygroupsblog com Retrieved on November 20 2010 Quantcast profile for Yahoo Groups Quantcast com August 31 2013 Archived from the original on June 16 2012 Retrieved September 6 2013 Yahoo Refreshes Upgrades Some Products eWeek com September 17 2010 External links EditOfficial website Retrieved from https en 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