Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

The end of Yahoo Groups? Not quite yet but close

The end of Yahoo Groups? Not quite yet but close

Yahoo Groups is shutting down after more than 18 years, and the Verizon-owned company is deleting all content from the site in mid-December. Yahoo launched Groups in 2001 as a sort of forum and mailing list hybrid, and it quickly became a home for specialist communities.

In context: Yahoo Groups is one of the last remaining vestiges of a bygone internet era. From October 28, users won't be able to upload any more new content to the site, and from December 14 all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed.

Yahoo assures that for the moment: "You'll still be able to communicate with your groups via email and search for private groups on the site".

The Yahoo Groups site will continue to exist, however, all public groups will be made private or restricted. The shutdown notice also links to a page that provides instructions for requesting a download of all your Yahoo data.

Moreover, administrators will have admittance to remarkably limited group settings, although most highlights-files, links, photos, attachments, message history, and more-will be switched off.

It is unclear at this point if the deletions are limited to uploaded user content, e.g. files, or if the actual discussions will be removed as well from the site.

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Despite this, there is a group on Yahoo Groups named Ofcom Number Activation Group that says it was established by Ofcom to "allow communications providers that have been allocated telephone numbers by Ofcom, to contact each other for activation purposes".

So I guess it's notthatsurprising that Yahoo is keeping the messaging functionality around, if it's as widely used as Yahoo says it is.

The Internet Archive revealed yesterday that it plans to save as much data as possible before the changes take place to preserve the content.

There might be quite a lot to package up, depending on how active your Yahoo Groups were, so you'll receive an email once it's all archived and ready to download.

Described by Slashgear as an "internet relic", Yahoo Groups will shut down beginning October 28.

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