Yahoo Groups announces shut down of website in December

Yahoo has announced that it will be closing down its Yahoo Groups website this coming December 15th, 2020.

The Verizon owned American web service company announced that they would be shutting down their Yahoo Groups on December 15th, 2020. This will end the 19-year long legacy of the group discussion board forum.

The Announcement by Yahoo

Yahoo announces that they will be shutting their almost two-decade-long service of Yahoo Groups on December 15th, 2020.

The company believes that its product is no longer fitting into the ‘long-term’ planning. In fact, Yahoo said in a statement that Yahoo Groups has been on a constant decline in terms of its users over the past several years.

The company, however, will now be focusing on other areas of business.

The company says that they have witnessed a bizarre level of engagement across their properties since their customers seek “premium” and “trustworthy” content.

Yahoo Groups: The rise

It all starts in the year 1998. Yahoo Clubs launches as an expansion of service developed by Yahoo Messages.

Later, in August 2000, Yahoo acquires eGroups.comYahoo Groups launches in 2001 as a result of the alliance of community groups from eGroups and Yahoo Clubs.

Moreover, the users were increasing by numbers. Its staff disclosed that there were about 113 million users and nine million groups using 22 different languages on it in the year 2008.

In July of the year 2010, a web analytics website named Quantcast reported that around 915 thousand unique visitors visit the website daily in the United States.

Nevertheless, that number increased to 933 thousand unique visitors daily. However, these numbers did not include its members who accessed the website site via e-mail.

It was one of the world’s largest cluster of online discussion forums. In fact, in September 2010, a significant facelift turns out. And as a result, making Yahoo Groups look a lot similar to Facebook.

The fall of the website

On August 31st, 2010, Yahoo Groups started to turn out a significant change in the software.

However, the change was heavily condemned by a massive number of users. As a result, the “re-model” gets completely discarded on January 12th, 2011.

An article in Reuters from September 2013 despises Yahoo and Facebook’s use, mentioning their illegal use without government regulation.

Later, Yahoo Groups Japan sent e-mails to their users, announcing that their services will be closing on May 28th, 2014. The services were inaugurated in February of the year 2004.

In October 2019, Yahoo announced they would delete all the contents posted on the website on December 14th, 2019. However, Yahoo rescheduled the date for January 31st, 2020.

Ever since Yahoo deleted the contents, the users have only been able to perform limited activities. That includes browsing through the group directory, request invitations, and also sending a message into that group (if a member of it).

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