Mayer said that the revamped Google Groups fits into the companys strategy of organizing the worlds information, and Google is putting a premium on search. In the Usenet-based service, postings could take hours to appear on mailing lists and a day to be included in the search index.The Groups search index is separate from Googles Web index of 4.28 billion Web pages. But Mayer said Google is considering ways to incorporate postings into Web search "People generate information and interactions that are rich and something they want to search and organize, and thats where our fundamental interest lies," Mayer said. "Ultimately this content can be of a lot of use to Web searchers." Another feature in Google Groups 2 lets users flag discussion topics by clicking on a star icon. Those topics then appear in a users "My Groups" area, along with subscribed groups. Users also can select multiple ways to view postings on the Web, including in a "conversation view" similar to Gmail that displays an entire thread. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging Center at http://messaging.eweek.com for more on IM and other collaboration technologies. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com messaging and collaboration news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
With Google Groups 2, postings appear on the site within 10 seconds and are indexed within 10 minutes, Google said. The service also differentiates postings from public and private groups, only searching postings from restricted groups when a user is a member. Mayer said.