Now let us examine Google groups, Yahoo groups, free datings and making friends online as suggested by the sub title. We will also compare Yahoo groups with some other groups such as Google groups, Facebook groups, etc.
After the acquisition of eGroups.com in 2005, Yahoo merged eGroups with Yahoo clubs and gave it a new name "Yahoo Groups". Towards the end of 2013, Yahoo decided to change it's groups format. Lots of Google groups and Yahoo groups are being created every day.
There are similarities and differences between Google groups and Yahoo groups. They both comprises of groups meant for younger ages as well as older ones. Before accessing Yahoo groups which are not suitable for younger ones, one gets the warning which reads "You've reached an Age-Restricted Area of Yahoo Groups.
This area contains material of a mature and adult nature that may not be suitable for younger users. You must be over the age of 18 to access this area of Yahoo Groups. By clicking the "I Accept" button below, you certify that you are at least 18 years of age.
If you are under the age of 18 or do not wish to continue, select "I Don't Accept" below and you will be returned to the Yahoo Groups home page." In Google on the other hand, it says "The Group you selected has been identified by its owner as containing adult content. By clicking Proceed, you will enable your account to access such content in this browser."
The owner of both groups can decide whether his or her groups are moderated or not. In case of the moderated groups, the group owner appoints some of the members to be the moderators. Group moderators are saddled with duties such as inviting new members to join the group, approving new members application to join, approving pending messages and photos as the case may be, updating group activities, etc. In all internet groups, group messages can be posted and read through emails.
It is not necessary to register with Google or Yahoo in order to participate in their groups mailing list. The basic mailing list functionality is available to any e-mail address, but Google ID or Yahoo ID is required to access some other features. In case of Google, one need to have a Gmail account while Yahoo requires a Yahoo ID.
There are also message archive, polls for members to vote on different issues, events announcements or reminders (which was formally called calendar), files, photos and database functions. Upon creation, each group is accorded a web address and an email address and all groups can be listed in one of the Yahoo groups directory categories but this is optional to the group owner.
If a group is listed in the Yahoo groups directory, it can then be found via a Yahoo groups search. Just like Yahoo acquired eGroups.com, Google also acquired Deja's usenest archive which enhances Google groups when it came into existence in 2001. Google groups was once blocked in Turkey by the Turkish Government in the middle of 2008 because it was alleged that it contains stuffs or materials which allegedly offended Islam. However, we all know that Google is a great company and that the issue had no meaningful effect on Google groups which are loved by so many people across the globe.