Would you believe the internet really isn’t forever?
It’s not and Yahoo – aka Verizon – has not so graciously offered to prove that fact for us.
Yahoo Groups will be shuttering its website before the end of this year. What does this mean? Well if you were in a group or owned a group you’ll still be able to email the group – that’s the good news. The really bad news is the groups site with all the data, messages and images from your group will be deleted.
Here’s the basics:
– Starting Oct. 28 you will not be able to upload anymore content to the Yahoo Groups site. That’s some rotten Halloween treat – like ending up with those nasty peanut butter kisses.
– As of Dec. 14, previously loaded content on the site will be permanently removed. Merry Christmas. Seriously, Yahoo, lumps of coal, potatoes or a pair of Crocs would have been less crappy stocking stuffers.
I’d like to point out that group owners weren’t given any special notification of this – the news has been pretty much word of mouth. They do explain everything briefly in their help page
So, what does any of this have to do with ilovegetsmart.com? Well, back when we were all younger people with more free time on our hands, I moderated a Get Smart Fan Fic group. It can be found at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gsfic
While the group hasn’t had any posts in a long time, I have had people request to join just to go through the archives and read the fan fic stored there. Yes, message archives are useful!
The big rub in all of this is the lost data. The link I posted above offers guidance on how to download your group data, which involves submitting a data request and whatnot. I’ve started this process with the fan fic group. We’ll see how that turns out.
If you have posted fic to that group and you don’t have it backed up somewhere or have it locked in a safe deposit box, I suggest logging back into the group and getting what you need before it’s dispatched.
The prevailing view is that listserves such as these are an archaic form of internet since social media sites (Read: Facebook) now dominate how people share information. The sad thing is, by deleting its group archives, Yahoo is killing a trove of information, history and a lot of good times.