More on Grouply

In researching Grouply, I found this link, which answered a lot of my questions about it.

The short version is that **In order for the service to work, you have to give them your Yahoo!ID and password.**

One you have given *anyone* those two bits of information, you no longer have personal control of your Yahoo account. *Anyone* with that information can change your email addresses, read any email in your Yahoo account, look at your private information in Yahoo’s registration — you get the idea.

To unsubscribe all your email accounts from their files, visit this link:

I’d suggest changing your Yahoo password (and any others you might have given to them) before that… is the group owner link to opt-out; I personally find “opt-out” requirements to be offensive – it should always be “opt-in”. There is also considerable discussion about Grouply on the Yahoo moderators groups, and there have been multiple requests for Yahoo to unilaterally opt-out or otherwise block Grouply.

You will get a confirmation code from Grouply at the group-owner address; input that into the opt-out form. Then go all the way down to the bottom and click on owner controls, you can opt out. This removes any messages from your list posted on their website, you can also keep members from posting invitations to your list from grouply by doing this. Both List owners and moderators can do it.

This is a public message, feel free to forward or link to as you desire. Savior or AntiChrist?

I received the fllowing in emai, and went looking for more information:

Hey, folks, just a warning that the website, claiming to manage all your yahoo groups, is suspect for identity theft and for spreading malicious content to those that share your groups. Please, for your safety and ours, if you get a message about grouply, delete it!! I’ve seen it happen on two of my yahoogroups already, and I’d hate to see any more get hurt by this website.

The caution appears to be worth heeding, although the site is certified by TRUSTe, and on the surface the idea looks good.

However, as noted in cool free service or evil data miner?, the idea of linking so much personal information into the hands of anyone else is a bad idea…

In order for the service to work, you have to give them your Yahoo!ID and password. All of a sudden, visions of address-book spammers like Quechup come racing to mind, but we’re not talking here about a service using your address book to grow their business. No, it’s a potentially a LOT worse than that. To be honest, I’m not sure the founders of Grouply have thought this through very well.Consider for a moment what information is controlled by your Yahoo! credentials … like all your Flickr photos; your Yahoo!Finance account information; your Yahoo! Security Key; all your Yahoo! profiles and identities; your OpenID key; your home address and telephone number; your Yahoo!Wallet information, even your Yahoo!Auctions account.