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By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-05-12 Print this article Print

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.
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.
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 for more on IM and other collaboration technologies. Be sure to add our messaging and collaboration news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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