8 alternatives to Yahoo Groups
Even before Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo, Yahoo Groups was in maintenance mode with no new development being done in years – but now they’re struggling to keep the lights on. The end is near for Yahoo Groups and now is the time to find a replacements.
So if you’re currently running a group on Yahoo Groups and looking to move on, here’s a few suggestions:
- GroupList.io – Easy to set up and free for up to 200 recipients. Send secure, unbranded email from any email system to your group. Features include managing where replies are sent and who has permission to send to the group. With paid accounts, there are more features and also the option to add custom domains.
- Microsot 365 – A modern take on the traditional Listserv. You get all the benefits of your own group email address with the ability to configure and customise how your group behaves all wrapped up in an easy to use, a modern web interface that anyone can use.
- Google Groups – This is an obvious choice, its Google’s equivalent of Yahoo Groups with much the same functionality. You have to bear in mind Google’s main business is advertising and they will be scanning your group’s messages in order the show ads. There emailing into and out of the group isn’t as good as Yahoo’s and you and your members will need Google accounts to participate.
- Facebook Groups – Given Facebook’s ubiquity it’s a popular choice. If you’re happy living in Facebook’s closed platform and their advertising-based model then there’s lots of functionality. Photo sharing, file storage and event planning are all mature and user-friendly features.
- OnlineGroups.net – Think of this as a paid-for Yahoo Groups replacement. It has lots of features of the free service but it comes with a substantial cost. If you really need everything that Yahoo Groups does and don’t mind paying then this is one to look at.
- LSoft Listserv – If you currently take advantage of Yahoo Group’s ability to post by email and receive posts via email then a Listserv could be what you need. It’s a group email platform with no advertising that gives you the ability it runs as you see fit. You can either use a hosted service or host your own. Hosting your own Listserv does require some technical knowledge but it is cheaper than using a hosted service.
- Mail-list.com – For over 20 years Mail-list.com has been providing a group email discussion solution. It has lots of features including message moderation and a searchable archive (at a price) but it is starting to show its age and can be expensive for larger groups.
- FreeLists – For a completely free group email option there is FreeLists. It’s been around for over 15 years and allows completely free group email discussions. It has quite basic functionality with quite a rudimentary interface but you can do the basics – and it’s free!