End of the golden years: Yahoo groups to shut down from Dec 15

California: Facing a decline in usage over several years, Yahoo has made the decision to shut down Yahoo Groups from December 15. Verizon, which bought Yahoo in 2017, announced the decision on Tuesday which marks the end of the road for one of the largest message board systems on the web of its time.

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“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 acros our properties as customers seek out premium, trustworthy content,” the company said in a message posted on the website.

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“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”. The Yahoo Groups service was launched in 2001 and could not complete against new platforms like Reddit, Google Groups and Facebook Groups.

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On October 12, the creation of new groups will be disabled and on December 15, people will no longer be able to send and receive emails from Yahoo Groups. The Website will no longer be accessible too. Yahoo Mail will continue to function normally.

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