Type of site
electronic mailing lists
|Launched||January 30, 2001|
Yahoo! Groups is one of the world's largest collections of online discussion boards. The term Groups refers to Internet communication, which is a hybrid between an electronic mailing list and a threaded Internet forum. In other words, Group messages can be read and posted by e-mail or on the Group's webpage like a web forum. In addition, members can choose whether to receive individual, daily digest or Special Delivery e-mails, or simply read Group posts on the Group's Web site. Groups can be created with public or member-only access. Some Groups are simply announcement bulletin boards, to which only the Group moderators can post, while others are discussion forums.
It is not necessary to register with Yahoo! in order to participate in Yahoo! Groups. The basic mailing list is available to any e-mail address, but a Yahoo! ID is required to access most other features.
Yahoo! has announced that, as of January 31, 2020, all content posted to Yahoo! Groups will be deleted.
Features offered by Yahoo! Groups
As well as providing e-mail relaying and archiving facilities for the many Groups it hosts, the Yahoo! Groups service provides additional features for each Group web site, such as a homepage, message archive, polls, calendar announcements, files, photos, database functions, and bookmarks.
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.
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, in December 14, 2019, all content that had been posted to Yahoo Groups would be deleted ("Yahoo! Groups would no longer host user created content on its sites"), although that date was later amended to January 31, 2020. New content was to be blocked after October 21, 2019, although that date was later amended to October 28, 2019.
Criticism and controversy
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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