Yahoo Groups is finishing the last phase of closing down on December 15, 2020, at which time it will be completely removed from the web.
The process of closing down Yahoo Groups, a once flourishing site full of vibrant communities, began last year.
First, Yahoo disabled the ability to use Groups in October 2019. New content could not be added to Groups, but existing content could still be seen and downloaded.
Content in Yahoo Groups turned into not viewable in December 2019, and users had until January 2020 to download their data.
Up to this point, a stripped-down version of Yahoo Groups has existed on the web. Its only capability is allowing the group members to send private messages between one another.
Soon, the final capacity of Yahoo Groups will be removed and the site itself won’t be available.
An announcement pertaining to the closure of Yahoo Groups now appears on the groups.yahoo.com homepage.
The announcement reads:
“We’re shutting down the Yahoo Groups website on December 15, 2020, and members will no longer be able to send or receive emails from Yahoo Groups.
Yahoo Mail features will continue to function as expected and there will be no changes to your Yahoo Mail account, emails, photos, or other inbox content.
There will also be no changes to other Yahoo properties or services. You can find more information about the Yahoo Groups shutdown and alternative service options on this help page.”
The help page which Yahoo refers to gathers various frequently asked questions about the shutdown of Groups.
Yahoo refers to a decrease in the use of Yahoo Groups as the explanation behind closing it down:
“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.”
Though Yahoo Mail will keep on working, messages can no longer be sent or received from Yahoo Groups’ members after December 15.
The help page reads: “If you try to email your group after December 15, your message will not be delivered and you will receive a failure notification.”
In case you’re a previous user of Yahoo Groups, and there are specific group members you wish to stay in contact with, it seems like the main option is to exchange contact information.
For those looking for options alternatives to Yahoo Groups, the company’s top suggestions are Nextdoor. There’s even a help page about transferring a Yahoo Group to a Next-door Group.
Yahoo also points to Facebook Groups, Google Groups, and Groups.io as potential alternatives.
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