New convenient search for conversations, photos and files

By Aravind Sampathkumaran, Product Leader, Yahoo Groups

Now you can start searching conversations and photos quickly, using the convenient floating search icon. The search icon appears toward the bottom of the page once you scroll, adjacent to the “Back to top” icon. Click the search icon and enter your query to start searching instantly.

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This convenient search interaction is available for Conversations, Photos and Files. We hope you enjoy these enhancements. Please share your feedback!

Enjoy the view. Find your messages and photos quickly with “My Views”

By Aravind Sampathkumaran, Product Leader, Yahoo Groups

Finding your contributions to your Yahoo Group just became easier.

While browsing the photo stream or albums, you can filter the list to see only “My photos.”

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From the messages page, you can view only messages you’ve posted by clicking on ‘Actions’ and choosing ‘My Messages’ from the drop down menu.

When searching for messages in your Group, you can filter the message search results to show only messages you’ve posted.

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When reading a message you can now see more messages from the same author easily. Just click the “see more posts from” link at the bottom of the message. 

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We also showcase recent posts by the same author in the “Read more” section on the right rail.

We hope you enjoy these enhancements. Please share your feedback !

Search improvements in Yahoo Groups

By Aravind Sampathkumaran, Product Leader, Yahoo Groups

With new improvement to the Group Search experience, finding the right Yahoo Group to join is now easier.. The search algorithm has been fine tuned to surface relevant Groups with the highest recent activity. We’ve also updated the Browse Groups experience to feature active groups by category.

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If you are a Group owner or moderator, we recommend that you update your Group title and description to describe what your Yahoo Group is about. This will improve the discovery of your Group by users looking for Groups like yours.

Give Yahoo Groups search a try today!

Enhancements to Member management

By Aravind Sampathkumaran, Product Leader, Yahoo Groups

We heard your feedback on the ability to include first name and last name in members list. The first name and last name where available, will also be shown in the members list in addition to the Yahoo alias of each member.

As a moderator, you can sort the members list by first name last name or by the Yahoo alias of the members.

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Yahoo Groups will start including the name provided by the member on the Yahoo profile page for the member.

When inviting new members to your Yahoo Group, first name and last name can be included along with email address. Invited members of the group can change it when joining the group.

Existing members of a Yahoo Group will be able to change or remove their first name and last name via the edit membership page. 

Add Poll questions to your Group conversations, easily !

By Aravind Sampathkumaran, Product Leader, Yahoo Groups

We’ve tried to make using poll questions and soliciting responses from your group a lot easier.

You can now include a poll question in your message. Members of your group will be able to see it when they read the message, then they can respond to the poll question on the web and email.

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Members can even add their own voting options to the poll question you added, or they can reply with a new poll question. All poll questions that are part of the same topic are shown on the right rail when viewing the message thread.

Go ahead and try it today.

Control your view and sort preferences

By Aravind Sampathkumaran, Product Leader, Yahoo Groups

We heard your feedback on the default sort and view settings for conversations, photos and files. You can now select your own default settings!

Here’s how…

From the navigation bar, choose ‘Membership’ and then the ‘Edit membership’ option

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You’ll notice the ‘Sort & View Preferences’ section where you can see and set your default preferences by clicking the edit icon.

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You can also control your navigation preferences for conversations and Photos. For example, you can set your default navigation for Photos to be “Albums” instead of “Photostream”

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We will continue to make changes based on your feedback.

Add your own voting options to a Poll question

By Aravind Sampathkumaran, Product Leader, Yahoo Groups

Yahoo Groups users often send out polls to gather votes on questions that are being discussed. You can now add your own voting option to an existing poll question.

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And that’s not all. Now when you see a Group poll notification via email, you can see the poll question and voting options and click to vote or click on “Add Options” to add you own.image

Members get notified via email when a voting option is added by any member.

We hope you enjoy this improvement. Give it a try!

Discovering Groups to Join is now elementary!

Many of our users are always looking for interesting new Groups to join. We now automatically show some Groups, that members of your current Group have joined.  ’Members of this group also joined’ is not always shown, but is based on subscription patterns.

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Like what you see ? simply click on the Group shown, check out their info page and click “Join Group”. 

We hope you discover and join interesting Yahoo Groups. And please share your feedback so we can continue to enhance this technology.

Introducing Timeline and Map View of Photos

By Aravind Sampathkumaran, Product Leader, Yahoo Groups

Photo sharing is a popular activity with many Yahoo Groups. We recently blogged about our new automatic photo albums. Today, we’re happy to launch timeline view and map view for photos shared with the Group. 

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In the timeline view, photos are grouped together based on the date the photo was captured and displayed by time slice, such as “Earlier this year,” “In the year 2013,” etc.

In the map view, geotagged photos are displayed on the map. You can scroll through all the photos from a city on the photo carousel.

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Please note that these new views include  only photos with EXIF data. To see all photos in an album you can switch back to list view. If you’d like to know more about sharing photo locations with Yahoo Groups, check out our earlier post about privacy controls for photo location sharing.

Hope you like the new views!

Photo sharing made easy with automatic photo albums

By Aravind Sampathkumaran, Product Leader, Yahoo Groups

Sharing photos with your Yahoo Group just got a lot easier with new automatic photo albums. When you send mail to the Group with photos attached, an album with those photos is automatically created and titled with the subject line of the email. When other members reply to the same topic with more photos attached, these are also automatically added to the album.

All of your automatically created photo albums can be found in the “Photomatic” tab under the “Photos” section.

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Moderators can enable or disable the display of these automatic albums to Group members via the Group settings tab in the Control Panel. For members, editing the album and adding photos through the Photomatic web experience is the same as working with regular photo albums in Groups.

When a new automatic album is created or when photos are added, Group members will be notified through Group message email notifications with a link to the album.

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Now you can email your photos and see photo albums created effortlessly! Give Photomatic albums a try today.