Alternative to Yahoo Groups

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Yahoo Groups has been around for many years with thousands of active groups, however Yahoo’s future has not seemed certain for a long time. With their latest acquisition by Verizon things are looking even less certain. Also with large internet companies having a history of closing down large popular sites you never know what’s around the corner.

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If all this makes you nervous and you’re looking for a dedicated alternative to Yahoo Groups then Gaggle Mail could be just right for you. Running a group email list has never been simpler, move your Yahoo Groups members over to Gaggle Mail with a few clicks then configure your group with easy through the slick management page.

All messages sent over Gaggle Mail are archived and instantly searchable making it the perfect platform for group email discussion for sports clubs, groups or professional associations.

With a selection of message delivery options; real-time, daily digest or paused, your members will really appreciate the flexibility they have over who they interact with your group.

So if you run a email group discussion list on Yahoo Groups and are looking for a modern reliable alternative take a look at Gaggle Mail.

Start a 30-day free trial now to see why thousands of groups trust Gaggle Mail with their group email.

Share Members List

You can now allow members of your group to see a full list of all other members and their email addresses. Sometimes it’s useful for people to know who they’re communicating with via your group email address and this feature lets members of your group see exactly who’s receiving their messages. Members can only see a read-only list of the members, you have to be a group administrator add, update or remove members. However the list is fully searchable so it’s easy to look someone up if you need to.

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This feature is switched off by default so to enable it just go to your Settings page and switch the “Who can view members list:” option.

HTTPS Everywhere

We have supported HTTPS on Gaggle Mail for a long time; we have now made the change to force every connection to our site to use HTTPS.  This ensures our users get the secure and reliable service they have come to trust.

Any request made to a HTTP address on Gaggle Mail will be automatically redirected to a HTTPS equivalent.  This is done using a 301 permanent redirect and will be completely transparent to all visitors.

HTTPS is a protocol for secure communication over the internet and if fast becoming the standard for many websites.

Custom Welcome Email

Whenever someone joins a Gaggle Mail group there’s an option to send a welcome email which describes how the group works and some features of it.  We have just added the ability to customise this welcome email for you group.

Custom welcome message setting

Since our standard welcome email is in English this is especially useful for members to your group are non-English speakers.  If can also be useful you you’d like to specify rules about how your group should be ran and expected content in messages posted to it.

You can read more about this feature here.

Gaggle Mail Updates

I just wanted to keep you updated on some of the improvements we’ve been making to Gaggle Mail over the last few weeks. Many of these changes have come directly from user feedback so if there is something you’d like to change or add then please do let us know

  • Prevent duplicate email addresses being added to a list. This is quite self explanatory but if you try to add an email address that already exists in a group the UI will alert you and disable the ADD button.
  • Better internationalisation. As the popularity of Gaggle Mail has grown we’ve seen many new groups created where their primary language is not English (or any Latin based language). This has highlight some bugs around rendering more exotic characters, in particular when they appear in custom footers. I glad to say these issues have all been ironed out.
  • More resilient email sending. Reliably sending emails is our business so it’s something we put a lot of effort into. To this end we’ve recently introduced a completely separate redundant sending infrastructure using different 3rd party providers.  So we are no longer reliant on one sending provider and can switch between the two in case of failure.
  • Allow administrators to edit their details. A minor change but certainly required, administrators can now go to the Account page and update the name associated with the administrator email address.
  • HTTPS support. All pages on Gaggle Mail are now available over secure HTTPS as well as HTTP.


So that’s it. Mainly small and technical changes but all helping us achieve our goal of being the best group email service around.

Sports Clubs Using Group Email

Running a sports club can be a thankless task, nobody wants to take on the endless administration tasks; arranging fixtures, collecting results, organizing tours, travel arrangements, league AGM’s and finding someone to wash the kit!

Keeping club members up to date with what’s going on can be a real pain too especially when you have members joining, members leaving and members changing their emails addresses.

This is why lots of sports club have found group email or listserv to be the perfect solution to these problems. With group email you can keep the email addresses of all your members in one central place, and then when you want to contact everyone you just have to send an email to a single address and everyone on your list will get the mail.

Setting up group email could not be simpler with Gaggle Mail, just choose your group address, create an account of that’s it.

Features like a message archive and delivery reports let you make sure messages are getting delivered and you can go back to check what was sent.

With one single email address which anyone in your group can use to contact everyone else in the group means your club can be more connected with no effect.

Group email is the perfect solution to any small group or club that has a group of members than need to talk to each other.

Unfortunately though you’ll still have to find someone to wash the kit!

Keep Your Family Up To Date with Group Email

There’s no shortage of ways for people to stay in touch these days; you can text, chat, video chat or snap-chat with anyone from anywhere at any time without giving it a second thought.

The interesting thing about all these ways to communicate is that many of them are generational, older people prefer to call (really old people write letters), the slightly younger might prefer email or a video chat, younger than them would use mobile text chat while even younger communication only in pictures and emoji!

This choice and diversity is great but what about when the generations want to talk to each other?  Say, when a family want to share news about a grandchild’s first day at school or arrange a surprise 80th birthday party.

Group email is perfect for this sort of thing.  Everyone has an email address and everyone knows how to use email.  It’s a truly cross-generational communication technology.  It’s also a more personal way of sharing what is happening in your life than Facebook or other social networks.

Gaggle Mail is a really simple and easy way to get setup with group email that even the most technologically averse generation will find a joy to use.

Beginners Guide To Group Email

Group email had been around for a long time, it even predates the Web by a few years.  The first group email software which became LISTSERV was written in 1986 for IBM mainframes!  So this is not a new technology and people have been finding group email lists useful for over 30 years.

At its simplest a group email list (or electronic discussion list) is a single email address which on receiving a message transparently sends a copy the subscribers of the list.

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This allows groups of people to exchange messages with each other, usually around a common topic, with the minimal amount of overhead.  There’s no need for each individual to maintain a list of member of the group since this is help centrally.

There are plenty of options when creating a group email list; Google Groups is a popular choice with many great features, it does require you and your subscribers to have Google+ accounts to get the most out of it however.  Yahoo Groups has also been around for a long time and has many popular group on it.

If you want to control every detail of how your email group is ran you can run your own LISTSERV server either on your own hardware or hosted by someone else.  This gives you complete control at a cost, with prices starting at a few hundred dollars per year and setup fess of a similar amount this is really for big lists where total control is required.

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With the move towards cloud services Gaggle Mail has been leading a new breed of SaaS based group email services.  Group email and cloud services are a good fit.  They can offer a clean and simple web based UI to manage your list from desktop or mobile and they can run on commodity cloud based hardware to keep the cost down.

If you need a modern cost effective group email solution give Gaggle Mail a try, it’s free for 30 days then as little as $10 per year after that.

 

 

An Alternative To GroupSpaces.com

GroupSpaces.com is a platform for managing membership to groups; it’s a popular site founded in 2007 and boasting thousands of groups.  However its status of late has come under question with people unable to get support and no changes to the site for years.  It appears to be in a ‘zombie’ mode; functioning for the most part but very little signs of life beyond that.  It is marked as discontinued by alternativeTo.net.

Obviously we’d love everyone to drop your GroupSpaces accounts and run over to Gaggle Mail and if all you need is a simple, affordable group email list that has custom domain support, searchable message archive and a beautiful interface then why not!

If you do need all the functions that GroupSpaces offers then there are some alternatives; http://www.wildapricot.com/ has a full set of group membership features and http://wiggio.com/ offers a similar feature set.

However if group email is what you need and you want someone dedicated to making the easiest to use, reliable, group email software then we’d recommend Gaggle Mail.  Obviously.

Message Archive For Everyone

Gaggle Mail has always archived all messages sent over it and made the message archive available to administrators of the list.  All messages are instantly searchable and any attachments are also available for download from the message archive.

 

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We have now made the message archive available to members of a list as well as administrators. Allowing members to access the message archive is at the list administrators discretion and is configured in the list Settings.

 

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Read more about this feature here.