They said it:
“It may have been awhile since you thought of Groups as cool or sexy â€” if you ever did”
Right. Those of us who have been on the web for some time remember Usenet. Great, though it was, it has long since been superseded in terms of features and, perhaps, utility by forums and blogs.
Usenet-style groups still have their fans, though, so Google have updated Google Groups:
“One of the things I’m happiest with in the beta version is the new design for individual groups. Itâ€™s cleaner and simpler, and yet manages to integrate a lot more features. Group owners can now create a welcome message, upload a group logo and customize your fonts and colors. You can make your group your own, in other words â€” something you had been telling us you really wanted“