Yahoo! Groups has made the decision to shut down as of the 15th of December 2020. Quite frankly I’m surprised they lasted this long as little remains other than the ability to use them as a group email platform since Yahoo! cut most other services in October 2019.
Yahoo! Groups lost Files; Polls; Links; Photos; Folders; Calendar; Database; Attachments; Conversations; Email Updates; Message Digest; and Message History in 2019 and all that remained was the ability to request to join a group and group emails – and you’d have had to be invited as there was no way to search groups – they were all made private.
It’s a bitter sweet goodbye – Yahoo! Groups are a part of yesterday’s Internet…. well in truth they belonged literally in the last century. They were great when the Internet started but today everyone is on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp and a host of other properties which are considered more relevant today. Someone somewhere will be crying over the loss, but you’ll be hard pushed to find them.
“Yahoo! Groups has seen a steady decline in usage over the last several years. Over that same period, we’ve witnessed unprecedented levels of engagement across our properties as customers seek out premium, trustworthy content. While these decisions are never easy, we must sometimes make difficult decisions regarding products that no longer fit our long-term strategy as we hone our focus on other areas of the business.
Although we do not have any official partnerships with any of the following groups’ sites, we feel that the least we can do for our loyal customers is to recommend some reliable sites for our users to continue having group communications. These sites are simple and easy to use.”
- Facebook Groups – Requires a Facebook account
- Google Groups – The admin of the group must have a Gmail account
- Groups.io – The paid version allows for importing members from Yahoo Groups