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Subject: Google Groups 2 to take on Yahoo!Groups?
From: Brent Chapman <Brent @ GreatCircle . COM>
Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 21:02:13 -0700
To: list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM

Google has apparently launched a new "Google Groups 2" service, which includes the ability to create your own email-based mailing lists (the previous "Google Groups" service was just a web-based interface to USENET newsgroups and archives). Looks like they're preparing to take on Yahoo!Groups:

(There's a "create a new group" choice at the very left, in the "My Groups" box).

Some more info is on the "Help" page:

	1. What's new in this version of Google Groups?

	This new version of Google Groups builds on the success of
	the original Google Groups's searchable Usenet archive. Now,
	not only  can you search and read more than 845 million Usenet
	postings, you can also  stay in touch with friends, family, and
	colleagues by creating your own  web groups, mailing lists, and
	email newsletters.

	New Groups features and improvements available on Google Labs

	* Group creation: Easily create, join, and search email-based
	mailing lists; administrative interface enables customized access
	controls to designate a group as public or restricted
	* Dynamic conversations: Postings to both Usenet and mailing lists
	appear in 10 seconds and are indexed within 10 minutes
	* Enhanced user interface: Track and mark favorite topics using
	the "My Groups" feature and view postings in a variety of ways
	including by message summary, title, or conversation view

	As always, Google Groups never displays pop-ups or banner ads.
	You see only relevant text ads of interest.

Brent Chapman <Brent @
GreatCircle .
Great Circle Associates, Inc. -- Silicon Valley's IT Infrastructure Experts
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