Prepare your parting letters, because Yahoo Group will officially end its service by December 15, 2020. Through the development of more social media, Yahoo’s online discussion platform recorded a sharp decline in its users. Eventually, the service is deserted, and Yahoo came upon the decision to shut it down permanently.
Yahoo Group: dormant since 2019
First launched in 2001, Yahoo Group is an online group discussion platform. Users can post messages, upload files and photos, make polls, and create mailing lists. Inquirer noted that Yahoo recorded around 115 million Yahoo Group users in 2010. Unfortunately, Yahoo lost over its competitors like Reddit or Facebook. It eventually went into a downfall since around the 2000s.
According to Inquirer, Verizon, which had purchased Yahoo in 2017 for $4.5 billion, put a pause into users’ activity from October 21, 2019. Following the announcement, Verizon added that the company will erase all contents on December 14, 2019. The final decision is now up, the online platform will no longer accessible by December 15, 2020.
But what about my Yahoo! e-mail?
Rest assured, Yahoo Group’s shutdown does not mean you lose your Yahoo e-mail account. Yahoo Group is a whole different service. Your e-mail account is still there, alive and accessible.
Then how does it affect people? It does not, except you are one of Yahoo Group’s active users. With the platform’s shutdown, users are on the verge of losing their discussion friends. However, upon its FAQ page, Yahoo listed other platforms its users can shift to, such as Facebook, Nextdoor, Google Groups, and Groups.io.
In the meantime, Yahoo Group users still got time to backup their groups’ members data before changing into another platform. Yahoo even informed its users that Groups.io allows members import from Yahoo Group.