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How to Revamp Yahoo! Groups?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Yahoo! Groups recently. This is partly because I’m a member of more than 30 mailing lists hosted there.

But it’s also because I find myself running into limitations that seem pretty silly in 2006. More importantly, I feel like Yahoo Groups can serve as the collaborative (not just communications) platform for bringing people together in interesting ways.

There are bits of JotSpot (notable Tracker), WordPress, and Flickr that I think could be sprinkled into Yahoo Groups, not to mention Google Maps and/or Wayfaring, Yahoo! Local, Google Calendar, and a few other things.

This definitely means thinking about Yahoo Groups as more than place to host a free mailing list, which is how most people use it today.

But before I ramble on too long, I’d like to know how you would like to see Yahoo! Groups evolve. What’s missing? What killer applications or add-on services deserve to be part of the service? Are there alternative services that are providing a lot of this already?

Jeremy Zawodny is the author of the popular Jeremy Zawodny’s blog. Jeremy is part of the Yahoo search team and frequently posts in the Yahoo! Search blog as well.

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How to Revamp Yahoo! Groups?
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