Move ACSE Mail List from Yahoo Groups to Google Groups?

ACSE Executive,

When I started the Yahoo mail list for the ASCE membership back in 2003, Google Groups and the popularity of Gmail, Google Documents, Google Calendar, etc., did not exist.

Since that time, there has been an explosion of services available with a Google account, the most popular, I would guess, being Gmail and Google Documents. But that Google account you may now have also buys you membership into Blogger, Google Wave, Google Reader, Picasa Web (photos), Google Video, YouTube, and many, many others. Never mind the hundreds of gadgets from outside parties that integrate with Google, like my Remember-the-Milk gadgets that I use in Gmail and Calendar, or the weather gadgets that I use in iGoogle.

Personally, I think it's time to move from Yahoo Groups to Google Groups. I run over a dozen mailing lists at Google Groups very successfully, and I see so much more potential there than at Yahoo, particularly with the ability to collaborate on resource development in Google Wave or Google Docs, or even the Google Group itself.

To me, it's a no-brainer. Yes, we may lose a few in the transition, but my feeling is that most have Google accounts already anyway, many will get excited of the prospect of the collaborative features and want to convert, and most of the rest will come along willingly.

To aid in the decision making, I have created a Poll (at Google Docs, of course!) to get a sense of how many members already have a Google (or Gmail) account, and then we'll start making some decisions about the transition.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFRyY3NDUHdlV2ZLeDcwWml4Mk1halE6MA

In anticipation of the positive feedback we'll get about this (I'm optimistic), I've already created a Google Group that mirrors the same name used at Yahoo:

http://groups.google.com/group/acse_discussion?hl=en

If you'd like to go ahead and join to give it a test drive, feel free. All restrictions, security, and privacy settings are already in place.

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