Fighting for freerecyling

Grouply: a new interface to Yahoo Groups

I have been a beta tester for now for some weeks.  This company is now coming out of beta and is getting ready for prime time.  The interest for freecycling users is that they hope to support freecycling OFFER and WANTED and TAKEN posts.  If you are interested have a go.  They are very enthusiastic and responsive to ideas and I think potentially this could provide a great interface to all your yahoo groups, especially freecycling ones.


September 25, 2007 - Posted by | yahoogroups |


  1. Hi Andy
    just found your site!
    Bit worried about Grouply though – not just for my Freecycle groups but for other members only groups I run where posts are confidential.
    At first glace it seemed like a good idea but now i am wondering!
    As far as I see it members have to give their username and password to grouply which then means an unauthorised organisation has access to a private group – and the private posting of other members of that group.
    I think that members that do that are probably breaking Yahoos terms of service in the same way that the Freecycle Network might have done with the “finder” service.
    I am thinking maybe i have to remove members who give their password away to keep the group secure?

    any thoughts from anyone else?

    Comment by Mark | September 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. I have contacted someone from Grouply to try and get them to address your comments. He is also called Mark, Mark. So I will leave Mark to respond more fully.

    For now I will just make one observation that I think distinguishes Grouply from Finder. That is that Grouply only ever exposes the emails you would normally see in Yahoo to you: it does not make those emails available to anyone else. Whereas the goal of finder was to expose Yahoo data to anyone who had a browser.

    Comment by andyswarbs | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. Thanks, Andy and Mark, for your comments.

    We take your privacy very seriously at Grouply. I can assure you that every effort is made to protect the confidentiality of your personal and group information.

    During the registration process, Grouply asks you for your Yahoo password so that Grouply can automatically connect your groups to Grouply. The password is encrypted and stored such that it can be accessed only by the Grouply application, not directly by people. In fact, there are many examples of services out there that ask for your username/password for other systems as a means of “aggregating” content or services. Meebo, Fuser, and Blackberry are just a few examples.

    You can think of Grouply as a “smart” email reader, one that is specialized for handling messages from Yahoo Groups (and soon Google Groups and others). Grouply has access to your Yahoo Groups messages just like Gmail, goowy, bluebottle,, and many other email services do because that’s where your group members are sending them. Grouply is no different. We maintain the same access controls as Yahoo Groups. If you aren’t in the group, you can’t see the message.

    For more on how Grouply protects your confidentiality, please see the Grouply Help page. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please send them to and mention the FreeRRRs blog, and I will be sure to respond personally. Thanks very much, and I hope to see you on Grouply soon!

    Mark Robins
    Co-founder/CEO, Grouply

    Comment by Mark Robins | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  4. My son downloaded Grouply on my computer and I would like to unistall it. Could you please email me how to? I have looked and looked for “grouply” on my computer, but am unable to find anything at all. Please tell me where to look and how to unistall. Thank you, Linda

    Comment by Linda Boswell | February 6, 2008 | Reply

  5. Linda,

    Grouply is not an application and so cannot be downloaded, installed or uninstalled. Instead Grouply is a web service running from


    Comment by andyswarbs | February 6, 2008 | Reply

  6. > For now I will just make one observation that I think distinguishes Grouply from Finder. That is that Grouply only ever exposes the emails you would normally see in Yahoo to you: it does not make those emails available to anyone else.

    Grouply most certainly does make emails available to,if not *anyone* else, then anyone else who later joins a group as a Grouply user. When person #1 joins, messages begin to be archived. When persons 2ff join, they get all the past messages, back to when person #1 joined. That is making emails available to others. It is reprehensible. As of today, though, Grouply is working on an opt-out method for group moderators to prevent a group from being accessible through Grouply.

    Comment by STS | February 8, 2008 | Reply

  7. Oops. I should have clarified that the “others” to whom the messages are made available are members of groups that do not have open archives. In groups with public or member-only archives, the collected messages on Grouply are not emails that the person could not otherwise see.

    Comment by STS | February 8, 2008 | Reply

  8. Actually this is no proof of anything originting from grouply. There is a theory that some hacker is spamming as if they were Grouply, and that could be what is happening in this instance. if you have the original message and can forward it , including email headers, then I can investigate and confirm.


    Comment by andyswarbs | March 9, 2009 | Reply

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