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Google Groups
Google Groups screenshot

Google Groups screenshot
Developer: Google
OS: Cross-platform (web-based application)
Use: Newsgroups
Website: http://groups.google.com/

Google Groups is a free groups and mailing list service from Google. Using Google Groups, one can find groups related to their interests and participate in threaded conversations. Besides posting to the group through the Google Groups web interface, users also can post to a group by sending an e-mail to the group's e-mail address. They can also create their own groups and access Usenet newsgroups dating back to 1981. Users can switch to Beta mode. On beta mode, there is more skins and options. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (818x601, 28 KB) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... Software development is the translation of a user need or marketing goal into a software product. ... Google, Inc. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A cross-platform (or platform independent) programming language, software application or hardware device works on more than one system platform (e. ... A newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users at different locations. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... A mailing list is a collection of names and addresses used by an individual or an organization to send material to multiple recipients. ... Google, Inc. ... A topic thread is a string of consecutive message postings to a newsgroup, mailing list, hypermail or Internet forum, linked and sortable by date, author, or subject-heading threads. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... An e-mail address, also known as an eddress (from electronic address) or sometimes (in a technical misuse of the word), simply as ones email, identifies a location to which e-mail can be delivered. ... Usenet is a distributed Internet discussion system that evolved from a general purpose UUCP network of the same name. ... A newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users at different locations. ...

Contents

History

In February 2001, Google acquired Deja.com, which provided a search engine to access an archive of Usenet newsgroup articles.[1] Users were then able to access these Usenet newsgroups through the new Google Groups interface. By the end of 2001 the archive was completed with messages dating back to 11 May 1981. [2][3][4] Shortly after, Google released a new version, which allowed users to create their own (non-Usenet) groups. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Deja News logo as it appeared in 1997. ... Google search is the worlds most popular search engine. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In February 2006, Google added several features to Google Groups. These features include an enhanced interface, profiles and rating posts. Look up profile in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Rating is a means of classifying things in different categories. ...


Interface features

Groups search

Google Groups interface showing results of a search for "wikipedia"
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Google Groups interface showing results of a search for "wikipedia"

Google Groups allows users to use Google Search to easily search all groups with the search box at the top. The search will return the posts which most match the search query, and if any groups match, they will be displayed at the top of the results with a link to the Google Groups directory. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (894x572, 41 KB) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (894x572, 41 KB) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... This article is about the search engine. ...


There is also a feature, which searches the group in real time when writing a new message - in a box titled "Have you looked at these messages?", probably to decrease the number of threads dealing with the same topics over and over again.


Directory

Google Groups has a directory of most Google groups and Usenet groups. Some group owners have set their groups to not appear in the directory. The directory organizes groups by topic, region, language, activity level and number of members. The word directory is used in computing and telephony meaning a repository or database of information. ... Topic can refer to: one of the Topics in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A subject of discussion, see On-topic In linguistics, the Topic (or theme) is the part of a proposition that is being talked about (predicated). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Look up Activity on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Activity may refer to— in chemistry, the effective DU BIST DUMMconcentration of an ion or other solute for the purposes of chemical reactions and other mass action. ... Membership can refer to: Set membership - comprising part of a set in mathematics Social group membership - in sociology, the process of socialisation aims/results in achieving membership of a social group This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


Profiles

Users may create public profiles which display their name, nickname, location, title, industry, website, blog and quote, as well as the most recent posts they made. Their profiles are accessible to anyone by clicking on "View Profile" beside any of their posts.


Joining/subscribing to a group

Subscribing to a group offers the following benefits:

  • The subscriber will be e-mailed posts that are posted to the group.
  • Most groups require you to subscribe to them in order to post replies, and some require you to subscribe to read the group archive.
  • The subscriber is allowed to select a Nickname which will appear beside all their posts in the group. If a user posts as a non-subscriber, their e-mail address will appear beside their posts, which invites spam.

There are four subscription options, Email, Digest Email, Abridged Email and No Email: // A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Bob, Rob, Robby, Robbie, Robi, Bobby, Rab, Bert, Bertie, Butch, Bobbers, Bobert, Beto, Bobadito, and Robban (in Sweden), are all short for Robert). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

  • Email: Every time a post is sent to a group, it will be forwarded to the subscriber through e-mail
  • Digest Email: For every 25 posts sent to a group, the subscriber will receive an e-mail with the messages.
  • Abridged Email: A summary of activity in the group, including the number of posts and topics posted, together with a list of the most active threads, will be sent to the subscriber daily.
  • No Email: The subscriber will not receive any e-mail from the group.

Reading a group archive/list of threads

Google Groups interface making use of "View titles only"
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Google Groups interface making use of "View titles only"

There are two options for viewing the list of threads. "View with message text" is the default. It shows the title of a thread, the first few lines of the originating post, the author, number of messages, date and rating. The threads are sorted by the time they were created, with the newest thread going on top. "Viewing titles only" has two sub-options, "Sort by date of first message", which displays the title, rating, number of messages, author, and date the thread was created; and "Sort by date of most recent message" (see screenshot on right), which displays the title, rating, number of messages, name of last poster for each thread, and the date/time of the last post in each thread. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1079x677, 63 KB) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1079x677, 63 KB) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... A title is a prefix or suffix added to a persons name to signify either veneration, an official position or a professional or academic qualification. ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ...


Posting and reading in a thread

Google Groups interface showing a message being posted
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Google Groups interface showing a message being posted

In the default view, Google Groups displays posts in a thread in pages of 25 posts each. However, in "view as tree" mode, Google Groups displays posts in pages of 10 posts each. If there are new messages in a thread since the user last checked, clicking on the thread name jumps to the first new post. Otherwise, it jumps to the last page. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (975x644, 37 KB) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (975x644, 37 KB) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ...


Above every post is a box displaying the poster's nickname, the post's rating, the date the post was sent, and a "show options" link, which opens up options for removing the post (only if the user is the poster, a manager or owner), reporting it to Google, finding all posts by the same author, printing the post, forwarding the post to a friend, and viewing the message headers.


Below every post, there is a "reply" link which, when clicked, opens a text box for users to quickly send replies. There is another slower method to reply, accessible through Show Options, which allows a user to quote the original post. There is another option to send an e-mail reply to the original poster, also accessible through Show Options. Replies will be displayed in the thread almost immediately, unless the group or user is moderated; in that case, the post will be sent to the moderators who will have to approve the post before it is displayed. Look up quote in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Users can submit posts with images and files by attaching the file to an e-mail message and sending it to the group's e-mail address. If, for example, a user does not have the rights to post to the group, or the user or group is moderated, posts sent using this method will be treated accordingly, as if they are normal posts. For images in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Images. ... File has several meanings: Computer file File (tool) file (Unix), a program used to determine file types. ...


Rating posts

A user can rate a post with 1 to 5 out of 5 stars. A post's rating is based on the average of all the user ratings it gets, and a thread's rating is based on the average rating of all the posts in the thread, and is displayed next to the thread author (in View with message text mode) or thread name (in Viewing titles only mode).


Starring threads

In the thread list, there is a star next to every thread. Once clicked on, the star turns yellow and the thread is "starred", and it appears in the user's "My starred topics" list.


E-mail masking

To prevent scammers or spammers from harvesting e-mail addresses from a group, Google replaces the last three letters of a username in an e-mail address with periods. To view the full e-mail address, one has to click on the periods and enter a verification code to prove they are human, after which a page will load with the full e-mail addresses displayed. This article is about spam, the abuse of electronic communications media to send unsolicited bulk messages. ... Wiktionary has related dictionary definitions, such as: period Wiktionary has related dictionary definitions, such as: periodic Period and periodic may refer to: Period (music) Period (rhetoric) Historical period Menstrual cycle, relating to the reproductive system Full stop, also known as a period, that marks the end of a sentence Science...


However, when posting to a Usenet newsgroups, your email address will be visible to anybody using a Usenet newsreader to read your post. See [1].


Google Groups does not allow use of an invalid or obfuscated e-mail address (like user-at-domain.com), which you could use to prevent e-mail harvesters from retrieving your address from Usenet newgroups. In computing, obfuscation refers to the deliberate act of nondestructively changing either the source code of a computer program or machine code when the program is in some compiled or binary form, so that it is not easy to understand or read. ...


Creating groups

Google Groups allows users to easily create their own groups. During the creation process, the user is prompted for a group name, e-mail address, description, and access setting, and then adds or invites members to the new group.


Managing groups

A moderator (owner or manager) can edit the group's name, description and e-mail address, get a promotion box, add or remove categories to the group, modify the access settings (access of memberships, invites, archives and directory listing), modify posting and delivery settings (posting privileges and moderation, availability of replies and subject prefixes), modify related groups, and browse the membership list (invite, add, ban or unsubscribe members, and make them a manager or owner, and change their delivery type). Moderator, a Latin word for he who moderates, can refer to: Moderator provinciae was the title of certain Roman provincial governors Moderator is a Scots, and Scottish English, gender-neutral word that approximates chairman or convener. ... Management (from Old French ménagement the art of conducting, directing, from Latin manu agere to lead by the hand) characterises the process of leading and directing all or part of an organization, often a business, through the deployment and manipulation of resources (human, financial, material, intellectual or intangible). ... Look up Access in Wiktionary, the free dictionary This is a list of articles related to the notion of access: information transfer, computer storage, telecommunication and computer networks: ACCESS.bus access charge access method access time broadband Internet access broadband wireless access code division multiple access Common User Access dial... For other uses of the word Archive, see Archive (disambiguation) Archives refers to a collection of records, and also refers to the location in which these records are kept. ... The word directory is used in computing and telephony meaning a repository or database of information. ... In linguistics, a prefix is a type of affix that precedes the morphemes to which it can attach. ... A ban is, generally, any decree that prohibits something. ... Electronic mailing lists are a special usage of e-mail that allows for widespread distribution of information to many Internet users. ...


Adding or inviting members

Members of a group with the privileges to do so can invite or add new members to the group. In the process, they will be asked to set a subscription type for the new member, and enter a welcome message. The new member will receive a notification e-mail. People who do not have a Google Account may be invited or added, but they need to create a Google Account to accept the invite and post to the group.


Creating and updating group web pages

In the beta version of October 5, 2006, Google announced a new web 2.0 interface and the Pages feature that is now available for all new groups. There is an AJAX wysiwyg editor to create group pages that can be edited by group members or group managers. Pages can link to each other and Google keeps versions of pages, so this feature is a sort of Wiki within the group. Comments added at bottom of pages appear also in the Discussion section of the group. // Ajax can refer to: Ajax (mythology), also known as Telamonian Ajax or Ajax the Great, a Greek hero and legendary king of Salamis who plays an important role in Homers Iliad Ajax the Lesser, or Oilean Ajax, a Greek hero and legendary king of Locris who appears in Homer... A wiki (IPA: <WICK-ee> or <WEE-kee>[1]) is a type of website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove and otherwise edit and change some available content, sometimes without the need for registration. ...


Official Google Groups

Google has created several official help groups for some of its services, such as Gmail. In these groups, users can ask and answer questions about the relevant Google service. Each official group has a Google representative who occasionally responds to queries. Google representatives always have a green G symbol in their nicknames. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


Official groups are divided into three or more subgroups. Non-official groups created by users may not be divided into subgroups, although this feature is commonly requested by users. [2] The main group shows a "viewing titles only" interface for the first few threads of each of the subgroups.


In official groups, there are only two subscrption options: "Abridged Email" and "No Email", and it is not possible for two members to have the same nickname. There is a filter which replaces any e-mail addresses posted in a message with [email address]; however, it is easy to bypass the filter by adding spaces in between. The e-mail addresses of members who post in an official group are not visible to others through the "show options" or "view profile" links. Members who post to official groups have a separate profile where their e-mail address is hidden and only official groups are listed. [3]


Some official groups include:

  • Gmail Help Discussion - an official Gmail help group.
  • Google Groups Guide - an official Google Groups help group.
  • Blogger Help Group - an official Blogger help group.
  • Google Talk Help Discuss - an official Google Talk help group.
  • Google Base Help Discussion - an official Google Base help group.
  • Google Page Creator Discussion Group - an official Google Page Creator help group.
  • Google Web Search Help - an official Google search help group.
  • Google Webmaster Help - an official help group for webmasters.
  • AdWords Help - an official Google AdWords help group.
  • Google Maps - an official Google Maps help group.

Google also uses Google Groups to host their Google Friends and Google Page Creator Updates mailing lists, which are announcement-only groups where only moderators can post. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Blogger is a weblog publishing system owned by Google since 2003. ... Google Talk is a service offered by Google for Voice over IP and instant messaging. ... Google Base Screenshot Google Base is an online database provided by Google into which any user can add almost any type of content. ... Google Page Creator is a free beta product from Google which debuted in Google Labs on February 23, 2006 that allows any user with a Gmail account to create simple web sites. ... This article is about the search engine. ... A Google promotional graphic, highlighting AdWords AdWords is Googles flagship advertising product, and main source of revenue. ... Screenshot of Google Maps showing a route from Toronto to Ottawa on the 400-Series highways. ...


Technical

URL and e-mail address of a group

When creating a group, the owner must specify a group name which will be part of the group's URL and e-mail address. The "username" can be changed later (see Managing Groups).


The URL of a Google group is http://groups.google.com/group/ followed by the group's name.


The e-mail address of a Google group is the group's name followed by @googlegroups.com.


For example, if the group's name is MinorsMajor, the group's URL will be http://groups.google.com/group/MinorsMajor and the e-mail address will be MinorsMajor@googlegroups.com.


Google Groups vs. Usenet

Google Groups provides access to Usenet newsgroups as well. When AOL discontinued access to Usenet, it recommended Google Groups instead. Usenet is a distributed Internet discussion system that evolved from a general purpose UUCP network of the same name. ... A newsgroup is a repository, usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users at different locations. ... AOL LLC (formerly America Online, Inc) is an American online service provider, bulletin board system, and media company operated by Time Warner. ...


Google Groups honors the "X-No-Archive: Yes" header field, and removes messages with it (in the message header or as first line of the message body) from its archive after 7 days. X-No-Archive is a newsgroup message header used to prevent a Usenet message from being archived in various servers. ...


The URL for accessing Usenet newsgroups through Google Groups is http://groups.google.com/group/ followed by the group's hierarchy. For example, the Usenet group alt.games.neopets's URL is http://groups.google.com/group/alt.games.neopets.


With some tricks, Google Groups can search related newsgroups for a given topic, an example is the shorthand (redirect) for searches in net-abuse groups:

http://purl.net/net/abuse/topic
http://purl.net/net/abuse/google

Criticism

Google Groups is often accused of lacking security. Many trolls, spammers and flamers have joined Google Groups to carry out their intended purpose without being identified. There are cases of people who join groups, request managerial privileges, and then delete the entire group before moving on to another group.[4] The recent introduction of profiles is evidently intended to deal with this problem. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A Do not feed the troll image In Internet terminology, a troll is someone who comes into an established community such as an online discussion forum, and posts inflammatory, rude, repetitive or offensive messages designed intentionally to annoy or antagonize the existing members or disrupt the flow of discussion, including... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Flaming is the act of posting messages that are deliberately hostile and insulting, usually in the social context of a discussion board (usually on the Internet). ...


On 16 October 2003, John Wiley & Sons sent a letter to Google after discovering that copyrighted text from a book they published was made available for download on a Google group. [5] October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ...


References

  1. ^ "Google Acquires Usenet Discussion Service and Significant Assets from Deja.com", Google, 12 February 2001
  2. ^ "20 Year Archive on Google Groups", Google, 11 December 2001
  3. ^ "Full Usenet archive now available", pandia, 29 April 2001
  4. ^ "Digital history saved", BBC, 14 December 2001
  5. ^ Publisher Complains of Computer Security Text on Google Groups - Chilling Effects Clearinghouse. Retrieved on 2006-11-15.

February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 46 days remaining. ...

See also

Yahoo! Groups is an electronic mailing list service provided by Yahoo!. Yahoo! has over the years bought many other mailing list providers, including the popular eGroups, and combined them into one system. ... MSN Groups is a community site created by Microsoft in 1995. ...

External links

  • Google Groups
  • Google Groups (beta version)
  • Google Groups Help Center
  • Google Groups Guide - an official group where users can ask and answer questions about Google Groups.

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