Google Groups is a social application that allows users to get in touch with others that have a similar interest or specialization. The goal was to provide a place where users can come, collaborate, and share their knowledge. By creating specific groups that cover an enormous range of subjects, activities, and other items, others can easily find a go-to location to share what they know, or to ask questions and learn more.Show more screenshots »
Internet users who spend even a little time online will eventually encounter Google. Although the name is very popular, many regular users of Google’s applications and tools do not know that this enormous web titan started as a research project. Headed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google was intended to analyze the relationships between websites. Since its beginning in January of 1996, Google has grown by admirable proportions, spanning a number of handy internet applications, from advertising to email.
There are many forums and sites out there dedicated to a specific topic. However, it is difficult to find a single location that offers so many different niches. Google Groups users do not have to perform multiple searches and test out a number of websites to find an all inclusive resource to share and collect knowledge. Instead, they can search for the topic on Google Groups, or start one of their own.
Just like all other Google applications, Google Groups retains a very simple, easy to understand layout. Visitors can search existing groups under a broad range of topics, from arts and entertainment to schools, society, and people. Professional group links are also provided, with the important tools taking center stage on the main Google Groups webpage. Visitors can get right to the meat of the application’s functionality without wading through a sea of flashy banners and graphics.
New Google Groups users can easily get started with an existing Google account. Those who do not have one should consider creating one. A Google account allows easy access to all applications created by Google, so separate logins are not necessary. New visitors can create their own Google account by clicking the blue “sign in” link at the top right hand corner of the Google Groups page. From there, click the rounded blue “create an account” button to get started. A current email address and password will be needed as well as a username, and optional location and birthday details. The account creation process is very easy and takes only a few moments. New users can later go back and further update their account with more details if they wish to do so. It is not necessary for using Google Groups.
Google Groups offers the luxury of a free account. Users are enticed to join and participate, which helps create a rich environment for idea exchange and information sharing. At this point, no premium account is offered. Users can sign in with their Google account and get started with a new group, or join an existing one. All functionality is available to Google account holders.
Individuals or organizations that have a specialization can really appreciate the flexibility offered through Google Groups. Here, professionals and businesses can reach out and share what they know with almost anyone on the internet. The everyday user can also turn to Google Groups as a quick resource to get questions answered.