Yahoo Groups shuts down permanently on December 14th

The US web service provider, Yahoo has taken decision to close all its Groups content. Yes, Yahoo is taking down all the Groups website content on 14th December 2019 and this decision was taken on its own will. But not in one phase, it is going to disappear the Groups content in two phases. In first phase you will no longer be able to post the new content through Yahoo groups from October 28th. Coming to second phase, Yahoo will delete all the previous date on 14th December. Thus, the Yahoo groups will be closing soon.

As we know Yahoo was a web service provider which was currently owned by Verizon communications through the Oath Inc. In January 1994, Yahoo was founded by David Filo and Jerry Yang. Marissa Mayer worked as the President and CEO of Yahoo until 2017. Now on Wednesday, the Yahoo company announced that it is winding down its Groups content and that will disappear completely by 21st December through a statement, “You’ll have until that date to save anything you’ve uploaded”.

Yahoo is going to delete the things that are related (directly/indirectly) to Groups. The list of such things is as follows.

• Photos
• Links
• Database
• Files
• Attachments
• Email updates
• Conversations
• Calendar
• Messaging history and digest
• Folders

Yahoo stated that the present Groups will be difficult to access and shall be more restricted for the use. This is why people who are using the Yahoo Groups are concerned more about saving their activities or posts in the Groups before it gets removed permanently. Considering all these concerns, Yahoo suggested a way to save the data and that is by downloading the files directly from the Groups’ web page or requesting to download the data by signing in to the Group.

This decision of deleting the Groups through two phases is irreversible. So, many people who are using these Yahoo Groups will definitely miss the existence of it. There is no proper explanation regarding why it is shutting down the Yahoo groups. But it shows how the presence of platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and other had affected the Yahoo groups by deeply engrossing in peoples lives.

A Reddit user stated that ”What’s a good way to download specific Yahoo groups? I’m a member of a private one run by Cold War vets, and a lot of the information and discussion there isn’t replaceable”.

By this we can say that users are worried about the loss of their data whether it is pictures or messages or any other important information. However, this is the not the first time for Yahoo users to face its deletion through phases. The company has done the same in 2009 by shutting down the GeoCities. This took away7 millions personal sites with it. Now, it is going to give another sour experience for the Yahoo groups users by deleting it.

Notice from the company states, “Beginning October 28th, you won’t be able to upload any more content to the site, and as of December 14th, all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. You’ll have until that date to save anything you’ve uploaded. All public groups will be made private or restricted,” Yahoo said. Users will continue to “be able to communicate with your groups via email and search for private groups on the site,”

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