Yahoo! Groups
Type of site
Electronic mailing lists and Internet forums
DissolvedDecember 15, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-12-15)
URLArchived official website at the Wayback Machine (archive index)
LaunchedJanuary 30, 2001; 23 years ago (2001-01-30)[1]
Current statusDefunct

Yahoo! Groups was a free-to-use system of electronic mailing lists offered by Yahoo!.

Prior to February 2020, Yahoo! Groups was one of the world's largest collections of online discussion boards. It allowed members to subscribe to various groups, read subscribed discussions online, view and share photos, files and bookmarks within a group, access a group calendar, create polls for group members, and receive email notifications of new discussion topics. Some groups were simply announcement boards, to which only the group moderators could post, while others were discussion forums. Depending on each group's settings, membership could be open to everyone or only to invited or approved people.

On February 1, 2020, Yahoo! removed online access to discussions and all other features except simple membership management, essentially turning all groups into mailing lists, and on October 13, 2020, it announced that Yahoo Groups would shut down completely on December 15, 2020.[2][3]


Yahoo! Groups was launched in early 2001 as an integration of technology from and community groups from both and Yahoo! Clubs.[4]

Yahoo! Clubs was launched in 1998 as an extension of services developed by Yahoo! Message. In August 2000 Yahoo acquired[5][6][7] In 2001 Yahoo! deleted adult groups from its search directory, making it very difficult to locate Yahoo! groups with adult content. The Groups Updates Email feature was introduced in 2010. It summarized, in a single email, all the updates that occurred every twenty-four hours in all groups.

In September 2010, a major facelift was rolled out, making Yahoo! Groups look very similar to Facebook.

Former Yahoo! Groups logo, used from 2009 until 2013.
Former Yahoo! Groups logo, used from 2013 until 2019.

In December, Yahoo! Groups Japan emailed its users, and posted a notice on its homepage, to announce that its service, which commenced in February 2004, would be closing on May 28, 2014.[8]

In October 2019, Yahoo announced that all content that had been posted to Yahoo Groups will be deleted on December 14, 2019;[9] that date was later amended to January 31, 2020.[10] Yahoo announced that adding new content would be blocked on October 28, 2019.[11][12]

Once the content was deleted, users of Yahoo! Groups were only able to browse the Group directory, request invitations and, if members of a group, send messages to that group.[13][14]

On October 13, 2020, Yahoo announced they would be shutting down Yahoo Groups on December 15, 2020.[2][3] The site was closed down a few days after the advertised date, displaying a message that the service was officially shut down.[15] This message stopped appearing at the end of January 2021 and the Yahoo Groups web address began redirecting to the main Yahoo page.

Criticism and controversy

On August 31, 2010, Yahoo! Groups started rolling out a major software change,[16] which was denounced by a large number of users.[17] The re-model was completely abandoned on January 12, 2011.[18]

According to a September 9, 2013 Reuters article, "Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted from overseas", Yahoo! and Facebook groups were being used, illegally and without government regulation, by parents to advertise unwanted children for "private re-homing". Yahoo! immediately closed down the forums that Reuters brought to their attention, although Facebook did not.[19]

Site statistics

In August 2008, Yahoo! Group staff reported that there were 113 million users, and nine million Groups using 22 languages.[20]

In July 2010, the web analytics website Quantcast reported around 915 thousand unique visitors daily to the Yahoo! Groups website (US). In January 2011, that number had increased to 933 thousand unique visitors daily. The number did not include Yahoo! Group members who accessed the Groups site via email.[21]

In September 2010, at its "Product Runway" event, Yahoo! told reporters that Yahoo! Groups had 115 million group members and that there were 10 million Yahoo! Groups.[22]

See also


  1. ^ "Yahoo! Opens A New Place For Communities With Yahoo! Groups" (Press release). Santa Clara, California: Yahoo!. January 30, 2001. Archived from the original on May 2, 2006. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Yahoo Groups to shut down on December 15, 2020". Yahoo!. October 13, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Brinkmann, Martin (October 14, 2020). "Farewell Yahoo Groups! Shutting down on December 15, 2020". Ghacks. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Conder, Bob (February 1, 2001). "Yahoo! Groups Moderator News - January 2001".
  5. ^ Kleinbard, David (June 28, 2000). "Yahoo! to buy eGroups". CNN. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  6. ^ Hu, Jim (January 2, 2002). "Yahoo buys email list service eGroups in stock deal". CNET. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  7. ^ "Yahoo! Completes eGroups Acquisition" (Press release). Yahoo!. August 31, 2000. Archived from the original on October 17, 2000. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  8. ^ "Yahoo! Groups Japan" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  9. ^ Pearson, Jordan (October 17, 2019). "Yahoo Groups Is Winding Down and All Content Will Be Permanently Removed". Vice Media. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "Yahoo Extends Deadline for Deletion of Yahoo Groups Data". Search Engine Journal. December 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Understand what's changing in Yahoo Groups". Verizon Media. October 17, 2019. Archived from the original on October 17, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  12. ^ "Understand what's changing in Yahoo Groups". Yahoo! Help. Verizon Media. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  13. ^ Brown, Dalvin. "Yahoo Groups is shutting down: Act soon or lose all your old photos, message history". USA TODAY.
  14. ^ Peters, Jay (October 16, 2019). "Yahoo will delete all Yahoo Groups content on December 14th". The Verge.
  15. ^ "Yahoo Groups Shutdown". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on December 18, 2020. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  16. ^ Yahoo! Groups Blog » Welcome to the improved Yahoo! Groups!. (August 31, 2010). Retrieved on 2010-11-20. Archived September 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ de beste bron van informatie over tch crunch Archived March 8, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on November 20, 2010.
  18. ^ "Yahoo! Groups Blog » New Groups Experience Rollback". January 10, 2011. Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  19. ^ "Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted from overseas". Reuters. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  20. ^ Yahoo! Groups Blog. Retrieved on November 20, 2010.
  21. ^ "Quantcast profile for Yahoo! Groups". August 31, 2013. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  22. ^ "Yahoo Refreshes, Upgrades Some Products"[permanent dead link],, September 17, 2010.