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Offers a Home to Online Communities
New Features Enable Users to Start and Join
Groups, Find and
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Dec. 2, 2004--Google Inc. today launched the
next generation Google Groups
on the 'Groups' link of
the Google home page at
www.google.com. 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 rec.photo.digital to regularly read more
opinions on digital cameras. Similarly, users looking for advice on
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
"Google Groups enables
users to easily gather groups
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
-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
About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people
around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by
Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is
a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted
advertising program, which is the largest and fastest growing in the
industry, provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results,
while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is
headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout North
America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit
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