Verizon-owned Yahoo phases out one of the longest-standing apps. Yahoo revealed on Wednesday that it is winding down its long-running Yahoo Groups platform after almost two decades of service.
Users will no longer be able to post new content on the site as of October 21, and on December 14, the organization will permanently delete all content previously posted.
“As of December 14 all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed,” The change was quietly mentioned on a Yahoo Help page.
We are also preparing to shut down a whole host of Group features like;
- Email Updates
- Message Digest
- Message History
Unfortunately, you can still find groups with thousands of members as we browse through the list today, and some groups have been involved as recently as this year. This is not the first time the switch on an important network has been switched off by Yahoo.
Yahoo shut down Geo Cities in 2009, taking with it about 7 million personal websites.
Once the content has been removed, the Verizon-owned organization says it will become private for all public groups. Nonetheless, users could still search the community directory to find a group and ask for the permission of their administrator to join.
Even the option to post the groups of which you are a member would be open, but that wouldn’t be very useful as there won’t be any material.
“Yahoo Groups will continue to provide a way for people to connect with their communities around shared interests, and we will continue to listen to feedback to ensure we keep our users happy and safe.”Verizon mentioned in a report.
Old-school internet services such as AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and the CompuServe Forums have been shut down by Verizon in recent years.