Google Groups – Old UI, New UI and Why do I
I recently set up (or tried to set up) a Google group for the CS 6212 (analysis and design of algorithms) class that I am teaching over the summer at GWU. The idea of a group is simple, and egroups have been around for a loooong time now. (Remember egroups.com?) I used to be a user of egroups.com, and if my memory serves me right, it was bought by Yahoo! during the dot com era, and yahoogroups works pretty much the same way. This time though, I decided to try Google Groups.
Google is an engineering marvel, and the advances in their engineering are exceeded only by the abstruseness of their user interface.
I do not enjoy setting up a group and then not having the least bit of idea on where to post, how to invite people etc. I am sure I will eventually figure it out, but this is a great example of poor user interface.