I have been hearing about the website known as Grouply
on other lists.
According to Hazel Goodman on Be-Urania, it's supposed
to be a social website similar to Facebook that you
can customize to handle all your discussion group
e-mails. It will list them, organize them, rate them
and highlight "popular" topics for you.
It does this, apparently, by downloading e-mails from
all your groups, storing them in Grouply's database,
then analyzing the message content to "add value to
your discussion experience." It archives these posts
on its system.
The key to its access is that you have to divulge your
private Yahoo ID and password in order to set up your
account, and once the group is in its databases there
are fewer restrictions as to who has access to that
...*a Yahoo terms-of-service violation*...
to give away your Yahoo ID and password, for one
thing, and for another, there is the potential for
criminal hacking. You could have all your Yahoo
account information (e-mail, groups, everything)
exposed, your list memberships hacked into, your
personal e-mails made known. Grouply is creating an
opt-out feature for group owners, slowly and
grudgingly, under pressure, and this makes me nervous.
I'm not going to give Grouply members access to my
groups. It doesn't look like there are any on here.
And I'm making a new rule for my lists:
Membership on Grouply or similar websites is now a
Mark A. Holmes
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