US-based web service provider Yahoo has decided to shut down all its group websites till 14th December.
One of the groundbreaking pioneers of the early internet era, founded in 1994, Yahoo! Corporation, will no longer allow its users to access their groups as previously they had.
Yahoo launched Groups in 2001 as a medium of forum and mailing list hybrid, and it indeed became a home for specialist communities ranging from TV show fan communities to extremely nerdish computer topics.
In the two-phase process, Yahoo will obliterate all its group websites, which eventually left vacant after 14 December this year, reported by Engadget.
Furthermore, On 21st October, Users will lose the ability to post, edit, and share the new content on these websites groups, and simultaneously after 14th December, Yahoo will erase all previously existing data.
After this move, the users of these Yahoo group websites were all ears towards Yahoo administration. In a bid to make a rejoinder, Yahoo administration leave a formal note .
To address this mayhem, they claim not to remove websites but their content. Here’s Yahoo’s list of what it will remove:
- Email Updates
- Message Digest
- Message History
The admins and users can connect to their websites but are not privileged to upload any sort of content. All the groups will be made private, and the exclusive rights of their admins will be restricted. Without content, their websites will remain as vacant as debris. Yahoo groups reported 113 million users with their nine million Groups.
If you are aiming to preserve your data before it gets bulldozed, you need to download data either directly from the post or through Yahoo’s Privacy Dashboard.
There’s not as much temptation to use Yahoo’s community when your Facebook group, Twitter friends, or Snapchat work like a charm, but Yahoo! groups, have the chronicle history of the internet.
Despite the rise of multiple social networking forums, this melancholic decision of Yahoo! left all its users in bewilderness.