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YAHOO! GROUPS is one of the world’s largest collections of online discussion boards . The term Groups refers to Internet
Internet
communication which is a hybrid between an electronic mailing list and a threaded Internet forum
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
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!
Yahoo!
in order to participate in Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups. The basic mailing list functionality is available to any e-mail address, but a Yahoo!
Yahoo!
ID is required to access most other features.

Despite their popularity Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups have been called "a goldmine... Yahoo!
Yahoo!
has never cashed in on". As of 2013, Hari Vasudev oversees Yahoo Groups and Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Answers .

CONTENTS

* 1 Features offered by Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups * 2 Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups Directory * 3 Joining a group or directory listing

* 4 History

* 4.1 1998 * 4.2 2000–2005

* 4.3 2006

* 4.3.1 Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Answers module * 4.3.2 Advanced Message Search

* 4.4 2008

* 4.4.1 Recent feature upgrades

* 4.5 2009

* 4.5.1 Posting from the Owner Address * 4.5.2 Forward button removed from Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups

* 4.6 2010

* 4.6.1 Groups Updates Email * 4.6.2 Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups remodel * 4.6.3 Group Deletion program announced on Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups Blog

* 4.7 2011

* 4.7.1 Group Chat Beta * 4.7.2 New Help Forum

* 4.8 2012

* 4.8.1 Newly created Groups cannot use the add members function * 4.8.2 Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups Calendar revamped * 4.8.3 Group Chat Beta and Applications discontinued

* 4.9 2013

* 4.9.1 Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups Japan announces its closure

* 5 Criticism and controversy

* 5.1 Message search 2009 * 5.2 Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups remodel 2010 * 5.3 Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups remodel 2013 "neo" * 5.4 Spam targets * 5.5 Undocumented adoptions

* 6 Site statistics * 7 See also * 8 References

* 9 External links

* 9.1 Neo external links

FEATURES OFFERED BY YAHOO! GROUPS

As well as providing e-mail relaying and archiving facilities for the many Groups it hosts, the Yahoo!
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.

Each new group created at Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups allows the creator (group owner) to have several features attached to the group. Some of the features can be selected for "off", moderator , members, public. Here is the complete list of possible group features:

* GROUP MEMBERS

* Messages : Post via web or email to group. No edit function except delete. * Photo album (100GB): Organized into album/thumbnail structure. * File
File
storage (100MB): Capable of storing any file format. * Link directory: Options for folders, text labels for each link. * Poll: Members can create multiple-choice polls, including various options for ID display. * Database: Up to ten tables, each with up to one thousand rows and up to ten columns. * Member list: Scroll of registered member profiles, and the basics of the information they provide. * Calendar: Scheduling system for clubs with regular events. * Promote: HTML
HTML
box for website display (to join a group).

* ADMINISTRATION (owners or managers who can do post approval)

* Invite: to invite more members by email. * Management of members (approve new members, delete members). * Management of messages (approve new messages, delete messages). * Options: Edit of the group homepage display text etc. * Post approval: It is possible to switch to strict moderation if required. * Web tools management: Options are off, public, members, administrators.

In 2006, Yahoo!
Yahoo!
discontinued the chat feature in Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups On February 1, 2011 Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups launched a beta version of Group Chat.

YAHOO! GROUPS DIRECTORY

The current Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups Directory organizes groups in these main categories:

* Animals * Business & Finance * Computers text-align:left;vertical-align:top;">

* Games * Government & Politics * Health & Wellness * Hobbies & Crafts * Music * Recreation text-align:left;vertical-align:top;">

* Regional * Religion & Beliefs * Romance & Relationships, * Schools the message history grid on the Home page, a table which showed the number of messages posted by month and year (this was useful for prospective members wanting an idea of a group's activity level); automatic quoting of the original message in replies posted via the group's website; the option of viewing ASCII art, computer programs and tables in messages as plain text in a fixed-width font; the ability for ordinary members (non-moderators) to view the HTML source code of a message (helpful to members and moderators in tracking trolling attempts); and compatibility with any browser not supporting advanced JavaScript
JavaScript
, including browsers in mobile phones, PDAs and the like. Because of the new interface's much greater reliance on visual as opposed to text elements, accessibility issues for blind and visually impaired users with screen-reading software were also anticipated.

Group Deletion Program Announced On Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups Blog

On November 11, 2010 the Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups Team announced house cleaning to start the following week. According to the ygroups blog this would involve deleting any Group that is more than six months old and contains no Messages, Photos or Files.

2011

Group Chat Beta

On February 1, 2011 the Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups Team announced the launch of a Beta version of Groups Chat.

New Help Forum

Sometime at the end of 2011, the Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups staff started communicating with Group members through yet another unannounced new forum.

2012

Newly Created Groups Cannot Use The Add Members Function

Moderators of new Groups started on April 9, 2012 and thereafter, can no longer add members to the Group. Members must initiate joining themselves.

Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups Calendar Revamped

In mid May an announcement appeared on the Groups web site warning members of an Upcoming Groups Calendar upgrade. According to the announcement members may not have access to their Group Calendar (for up to 24 hours). This announcement was still displayed on the home pages of all Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups on July 3, 2012.

Group Chat Beta And Applications Discontinued

In June 2012 a message appeared on top of all Group web sites announcing that the Beta Groups Chat and Applications will be shut down on July 4 and asking members to backup any data created.

2013

Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups Japan Announces Its Closure

In December, Yahoo!
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 28 May 2014.

CRITICISM AND CONTROVERSY

MESSAGE SEARCH 2009

On February 20, 2009, the search feature for messages stopped working. The official Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups blog stated that Yahoo was working to fix the problem. It was eventually repaired.

YAHOO! GROUPS REMODEL 2010

On August 31, 2010, Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups started rolling out a major software change. This change was denounced by a large number of users. On September 29, 2010, Jim Stoneham , Vice President of Yahoo!’s Communities products, announced that based on members feedback Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups will be rolling back the recent changes. The protests of Yahoo Group members prompted Yahoo’s then CEO Carol Bartz to tell USA Today
USA Today
during an interview that Yahoo will be letting Group users decide whether they want to stay with the old-format Groups or join the new-format Groups. (Play video) The remodel was completely abandoned on January 12, 2011.

YAHOO! GROUPS REMODEL 2013 "NEO"

On August 7, 2013, Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups rolled out a new web-interface redesign to randomly chosen users. The change was permanent for those users. Many users have taken to the help forum to voice their dissatisfaction with this change, particularly in regards to lost features. Neo has now been rolled out to the majority of users. One of the main concerns with neo is that people with disabilities have been locked out of their support groups. According to The Register
The Register
"46,000 people had clicked on the vote button to demand a return to the 'prior format that WORKS!'". That same thread shows Yahoo representatives starting to address a small number of the complaints that have been voiced.

SPAM TARGETS

Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups have been the targets of various spamming campaigns throughout the years. Chester Wisniewski, a senior security advisor at Sophos , a computer security company, stated in 2011 that spam messages posted on Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Groups bypass spam filters by way of using digital signatures .

UNDOCUMENTED ADOPTIONS

According to a September 9, 2013 Reuters
Reuters
article "Americans use the Internet
Internet
to abandon children adopted from overseas". Apparently Yahoo! and Facebook
Facebook
provide internet forums where parents advertise their unwanted kids for so-called re-homing. Yahoo!
Yahoo!
immediately closed down the forums that Reuters
Reuters
brought to their attention, while Facebook
Facebook
did not.

SITE STATISTICS

In August 2008 YG staff reported 113 million users, 9 million Groups, and availability in 22 languages.

The web analytics website Quantcast reported around 915 thousand unique visitors to the YG website(US) daily in July 2010. In January 2011 this number increased to 933 thousand unique visitors daily. This number does not include YG members who access the Groups site via email.

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

SEE ALSO

* Google Groups
Google Groups
* GroupSpaces * Meetup.com * MSN Groups (closed) * Windows Live Groups (closed)

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