Removing Usenet Postings From the Google Groups Database
One of the questions we often get in our live MCLE seminars regarding the Google Groups database is, "Can I remove old discussion group messages from this database?".
The answer is "yes" - as long as you still have access to the e-mail account from which the message was posted. Google Groups' Help pages run through the process to delete those messages.
The same Google Groups Help page indicates that there is a away to delete old discussion group posts "if you have forgotten your username or password" using Google's Account Recovery Form. Unfortunately, this method is only applicable to (formerly) registered Google Groups accounts and not messages posted directly to Usenet discussion groups from some long-ago-canceled e-mail address. "As Google does not control, but only archives Usenet newsgroups, [they] cannot verify obsolete email addresses or recover email addresses and passwords from other providers."
Google Groups (http://groups.google.com) is one of the best-known online communities. It’s a precursor to the more recent phenomena of social networking sites (such as Facebook and MySpace). Like social networking sites, Groups serves as a place where people of like minds share interests, similar to the way “friends” at various social networking sites combine into networks to share interests. However, users of Google Groups “share” via e-mail messages to their entire group instead of visiting a friend’s social networking profile and leaving comments.
To create Google Groups, in 2001 Google purchased 500 million public discussion group e-mail messages dating back to 1995 from Deja.com, and messages from other groups dating back to 1981. Subsequently, Google Groups has added (and continues to add) millions (and possibly billions) of messages to the original archive of messages.
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