One of the elders of the world Internet company Yahoo officially announced that its website Yahoo will soon close. It is about Yahoo Groups, a popular online forum platform, for which the company has approved such a radical decision. The site, along with all the content collected for almost 20 years, will be permanently removed from the Internet.
Finally and irrevocably
The closing of Yahoo Groups will take place in stages. Already at the end of October the forum will be limited to the possibility of placing new posts and will remain only a mode of reading. At the second stage, towards the end of 2019, access to the materials will be finally closed and the site will be shut down. The yacht’s website will become completely inaccessible to users – direct access to all content including various links, images, files, forum messages and mailing lists will be lost. The company advises everyone who wants to save their data to transfer the necessary files to another medium.
At the same time, the company Yahoo leaves one of the features that will allow you to access the content of the resource in a limited mode. Users will be able to enter their groups, but they will have to connect to them via e-mail. Such groups will become private, and in order to join them, you will need special permission from the administrators.
Social networks are to blame
Yahoo Groups started working in early 2001. The platform was created for communication on interests, for which the site’s capabilities provided for the creation of thematic groups. The resource gradually developed, and at some point even got the status of “the world’s largest discussion forum repository” from Wikipedia. The site’s capabilities allowed the creation of open and closed groups with limited access, as well as subscriptions to personally selected content.
Initially, the organization of communications in Yahoo Groups had a so-called hybrid character – groups and updates in them were closely connected with e-mail newsletters. This structure allowed reading forums and publishing messages not only directly on the site, but also by means of mailing lists.
The Yahoo site was considered quite advanced for its time. The new technology of the organization of dialogue at direct interaction of a web resource and e-mail for the beginning of the 21st century has appeared to be truly revolutionary. At that time, the high-speed capabilities of the Internet made it possible to switch from the node device FidoNet, but they were not enough for the full exchange of multimedia files. Later on, social networks appeared, the functionality of which was much wider. Simultaneously with the further spread of social resources Yahoo forums stopped developing, and most of the users moved to the profile groups of social networks.