Google Groups enhances its ability to share

The service gets a shared inbox feature and better options for moderating a group. But does anyone still use Google Groups?

Google Groups.
Google Groups. Google

Those of you who use Google Groups will find a couple of improvements the next time you fire up the site.

Google Groups are essentially virtual forums that let you set up mailing lists, stay in touch with members of a real-life group, and discuss common interests with other people.

One new feature allows you to create a shared inbox that helps you better collaborate with others. An example cited in Monday's Gmail blog describes how to use the new inbox:

Imagine you and a few friends are organizing an event for your school and want a single e-mail address to coordinate with vendors, parents, and volunteers. Members of the group can work together to manage e-mail, assign items to each other, and mark items resolved. This can be a great feature for teams seeking a really simple way to get things done without sharing passwords or losing track.

Those of you who need to moderate a Google Groups forum can now use canned messages to respond to certain types of posts and manage your groups from Google's mobile site.

One question here: how many people actually use Google Groups?

I recall using it years ago after it got custody of the old Usenet archives but haven't tried it since. Google has been killing off many of its other services, such as Reader, claiming that not enough people use them. Does anyone out there still use Google Groups?

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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