Yahoo Groups is closing. after more than 18 years, and the Verizon-owned company deleted all content from the site in mid-December.
"Yahoo has decided to no longer allow users to upload content to the Yahoo Groups site," the company said in a notice to users. "You will no longer be able to upload content to the site from October 28, and from December 1
The notice links to a Yahoo web site that provides instructions for downloading photos and files from groups you belong to before the break date, but the process sounds time-consuming as it requires clicking on any photo or file that want to Download. The opt-out notification also links to a page that provides instructions for requesting you to download all your data from Yahoo. This page notes that "It may take up to 30 days for processing and download to become available."
Although the Yahoo Groups site will continue to exist after December 14, "all public groups will be made private or limited, "Yahoo said. Users will continue to "be able to communicate with your groups via email and search for private groups on the site," and administrators will retain "restricted access to group settings and administration tools," but that's all.
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The Yahoo Groups site already feels neglected. Visiting the homepage today, I saw a list of groups that have not been active for years. The homepage also links to the Yahoo Group official blog, which has not been updated since October 2014. When you click on a group, you will see a message at the top of the page alerting you to the upcoming shutdown.  115 Million Users in 2010
Yahoo Launched Groups on January 30, 2001, in a press release saying the site would help users "build relationships, keep in touch, share ideas, and discuss interests through the convenience of popular email and web-based tools. "
In 2010, Yahoo stated that it had 115 million users of Yahoo groups and 10 million groups, eWeek reported at the time. Yahoo also boasted that it had contracts with about 100 manufacturers and manufacturers of phones worldwide.
Yahoo is already feeling the pressure from Facebook, but is trying to convince users that Yahoo Group offers unique benefits. "On Facebook, if you have hundreds of friends, you should be careful about posting something , which may be offensive or just not relevant to anyone , Yahoo CEO Greg Rosenberg told eWeek in an article in 2010. "With Yahoo Groups, you can launch a neighborhood page with a smaller group, for example, that would be of interest only to those neighbors who live in the neighborhood."  Apparently, the Yahoo Group has lost prominence as social media leaps and Yahoo's business overall declines in 2010. Verizon bought Yahoo's operating business for $ 4.48 billion in June 2017, creating a new subsidiary called "Oath." "Which included Yahoo and AOL.
Oath (now called "Verizon Media") failed to compete effectively against Google and Facebook in the advertising market, and Verizon responded by repeatedly cutting the unit's budget and staff.