Yahoo and Google Groups functions both offer users the ability to organize large groups of people. They’re particularly useful if you’re teaching a course, hosting a club function or even collaborating with several people. You can keep files for everyone to pull from whenever needed and set up links for your data. However, they’re not created equal. Both have their pros and cons. Let’s take a look at both Yahoo and Google Groups.
Google Groups allows group members to self-enroll or enroll by invitation only – it’s up to you. And you don’t need to have a Google email account to sign up with Google groups. You do need a Google account, but that’s free. (Yahoo Groups requires all non-Yahoo account holders to establish a Yahoo ID and then “link” that ID to their email address.)
Google Groups sends each member a message every time a page is changed or a comment is added to the thread.
Google forums are organized by topic and members must sign up for a topic to receive email alerts and updates. With Yahoo, messages are presented in a list. Whether this is a pro or con simply depends on how you prefer your messages, topics and forums to be organized. It’s a personal preference.
Both groups allow you to specify public or private membership. And you can also choose a “newsletter only” membership with both groups.
Member profiles are easy to edit via Google Groups.
The pages feature allows users to create web pages, whilst Yahoo offers sections for posting additional information. Again, this is neither a pro nor a con, simply a personal preference.
Both groups allow users to choose how they receive their emails from the group – as individual emails or as a daily digest.
Generally, most people tend to prefer Google Groups because it’s easier to use and more intuitive than Yahoo Groups. However, many users complain about their inability to moderate posts with attachments or quoted text. And owners cannot designate certain powers to managers. It’s an all-or-nothing choice.
Yahoo Groups allows you to personalize your welcome message in a number of easy to use ways including adding a syllabus, links to external pages and attachments. (Google Groups limits your welcome message to 250 words.)
Both groups allow you to add members manually or invite them by email.
Yahoo helps users manage any email problems by tracking bounced mail. They also make it easy to resolve lost password issues.
Yahoo Groups provides a daily digest, email, or website email as options for receiving updates to the group thread(s).
Yahoo Groups offers a calendar feature. (Presently, Google Groups does not offer a group calendar feature.)
Yahoo has had a customer service issue in the past with closing groups and owner IDs without any warning or reason.
Additionally, message attachments are not stored on the group.
Many users complain about the advertising present. (Google also has ads but they’re less obtrusive)
There is a 750kB message size limit. (Google has a 5MB size limit)
Both Yahoo and Google Groups offer a number of features and benefits to business owners, non-profit organizations, and other organized associations. They enable large groups of people to communicate and work together in one area easily and efficiently.