Yahoo to shut down Groups; Here’s your last chance to download the data

Yahoo is among the top tech platforms that have been in news for the infamous data breaches. One of the forgotten Yahoo sites, Yahoo Groups is shutting down for users. The company is winding down its long-running site and permanently deleting all user data.

Groups service was first launched as a cross platform service between the mailing lists and Internet forums in 2001. Users could interact within Yahoo Groups site, or via email. After 18 years of existence, the platform is finally shutting down. Yahoo will delete all the old content that has been posted on Groups.

Yahoo Groups holds an important position in the internet history. It was once served as a watering hole for discussions on niche interests. It had threads right from TV show fan communities to threads on computing topics, much like Reddit. Even today these threads have thousands of members. For a number of niche communities and users, Groups was a go-to site everyday.

The official announcement suggests Yahoo will delete all content posted to Groups. It will largely shut down the service soon. Effective October 21st, users will no longer be able to upload new content to groups. Yahoo Groups plans to delete all content that has been posted on December 14th. The platform will remove files, polls, files, links, photos, folders, database, calendar, attachments, conversations, email updates, message digest, message history.

Groups will also become much harder to join. Effective October 21, Yahoo will convert public group into restricted or private. You can save content form a group before it is removed. The platform says that you can download your files directly from the group’s page. Alternative option is to go to Verizon’s Media Privacy Dashboard page, sign in your account and request your group’s data.