Yahoo has announced plans to shut down Yahoo Groups from December 15 over a steady decline in usage.
Verizon, which bought Yahoo in 2017 , announced the decision on Tuesday , marking the end of the road for one of the largest message board systems on the Web of its time .
“ Yahoo Groups has seen a steady decline in usage over the last several years. Over that same period, we ’ve witnessed unprecedented levels of engagement across our properties as customers seek out premium , trustworthy content , ” the company said in a message sent to users.
“ While these decisions are never easy , we must sometimes make difficult decisions regarding products that no longer fit our long -term strategy as we hone our focus on other areas of the business” .
The Yahoo Groups service was launched in 2001 and could not complete against new platforms like Reddit , Google Groups and Facebook Groups .
On October 12 , the creation of new groups will be disabled and on December 15 , people will no longer be able to send and receive emails from Yahoo Groups .The website will no longer be accessible too . Yahoo Mail will continue to function normally .
“ The emails you have sent and received will remain in your email , though beginning December 15 messages will not be sent or received from your group members. If you try to email your group after December 15 , your message will not be delivered and you will receive a failure notification ,” the company added
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