Google launched the next generation Google Groups

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Dec. 2, 2004--Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG - News)
today launched the next generation Google Groups on the 'Groups' link
of the Google home page at This enhanced product
enables users to create, manage, search and browse web-based groups, as
well as subscribe to and track favorite groups. Building on the
foundation of the original service that currently includes more than 1
billion searchable posts from the Usenet archive, Google Groups now
offers users the ability to join and follow discussions among different
groups, keep in touch with family and friends, and share information
more easily.
Using Google Groups, people can search and participate in a variety of
discussions. For example, someone looking to buy a new digital camera
this holiday season can search for (digital camera recommendations) and
find relevant posts from others about the best cameras to buy. A user
can star (bookmark) this topic to watch and subscribe to receive posts
from a group such as to regularly read more opinions
on digital cameras. Similarly, users looking for advice on treating
carpal tunnel or disputing a cell phone bill can find discussions from
other people who have experience in these areas. In addition, family,
friends, and official organizations like schools or community centers
can keep their members informed via email lists and announcement-only
newsletters through Google Groups.
"Google Groups enables users to easily gather groups of friends,
acquaintances, and those sharing interests together, and communicate
with them directly via email, newsletters and message boards," said
Jonathan Rosenberg, vice president, Product Management, Google Inc.
"These online communities connect people with information they care
about, and that furthers our commitment to enhancing the online
experience for Google users."

New features of Google Groups include:
-Create groups: Create, join and search email-based mailing lists, and
designate your group as public (anyone can read the group's messages on
the Web) or restricted (only members can read, respond or start new

-Dynamic conversations: Postings to all Google Groups mailing lists and
Usenet lists appear within seconds and are indexed within minutes.

-Enhanced user interface: Track and mark topics using the "My starred
topics" feature, and view postings by message summary, title, or
conversation view.

-Email notification: Receive individual messages or read daily email
summaries to participate in discussions via your inbox.

-Easy searching: Users can easily search for information within a group
or across many groups.

-Relevant text ads: Google Groups displays only targeted ads that are
relevant to user searches or the content on the page.

Google continues to experiment with new technologies that make it
faster and easier for people to find and use relevant information.
Currently in beta and available in English language only, Google Groups
can be found by clicking on the 'Groups' link on the Google home page
or visiting

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Yellow Belt
Nice... but I was happy enough with the old one anyway. Was extremely helpful without getting too much in my way. I wonder if this new one will be as comfortable to use as the old one...... :)


I think will be a little hardder for the begging.... but will be useful to, we'll see....
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