Google Groups - Types and Navigation

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Introduction

In this article, we will go over the different types of Google Groups, how to navigate Google Groups, and how to search for Groups and Messages. 

Group Types

There are 4 types of Google Groups.

Email List: An Email list group is one whereby members only use Email to communicate. This group type is common in organizations where a single email alias is desired to communicate to a certain group of people using email.

Web Forum: A Web forum group is one whereby members only use the Google Groups user interface to communicate with other members. This group type is similar to the online web forums found on many web sites.

Q&A Forum: A Question and Answer (Q&A) forum group is one whereby members use the Google Groups user interface to primarily answer the questions of other members. This group type is similar to the online product forum.

Collaborative Inbox: A collaborative inbox allows members of a group to manage the workflow state of topics within the group. These groups have specific features and permissions set. If you choose to not use these features, they will need to be disabled individually.

Navigation

My Groups

To navigate to Google Groups, open your FNU Email.

Click on the 3x3 Google Apps button in the upper-right, then select Groups.

 

You will then be taken to the Google Groups page.

To see a list of Groups you are a member of, click My Groups.

If you select one of your Groups, you can see Topics that have been sent to that group.

If you click on a Topic, you can view replies, as well as reply yourself. Topics with bold titles are topics that you have not viewed and the parenthesis next to the title lets you know how many posts there are for that specific topic.

If you would like to send a new message for the Group to reply to, click on the red New Topic button, at the top of the Group page.

 

Browse Groups

If you would like to search for groups, instead of clicking on My Groups, select Browse All

 

To search for Groups or Messages, use the search bar at the top of the Groups page.

 

If you need further assistance locating a Google Group, please contact FNU IT Dept. at 859-899-2525 or via email at support@frontier.edu.

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