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November 22, 2011

Google Help Forums Migrate to Google Groups

Back in 2009, many of the official Google discussion groups moved from Google Groups to a new platform called "Google Help Forums". Now it's time for them to go back to Google Groups.

"Over the next several months, we'll be migrating our 250+ help forums in 20+ languages to the new Google Product Forums platform. Built on the new Google Groups, Google Product Forums provide users with a fresh interface and robust features for asking questions and discussing our products. The new platform brings some exciting new features to our forums. For example, you can now select between starting a discussion or asking a question, quickly indicate your own interest in a question that has been asked by voting 'Me too!,' and easily share a topic with your circles on Google+," explains Google.

Google+ and Chromebooks Central already use the new platform and you'll be able to find the upcoming forums if you bookmark this odd URL.

{ Thanks, Herin. }


  1. The URL isn't that "weird". They've used the for the migration (perhaps permanently) and used Google Apps to create forums for their domain.

    Google Apps services use the /a/ url, e.g. for accessing GMail for that domain (although since Google Apps became regular Google Accounts this is starting to appear less and less.)

    It seems a good way to fence of all these Google-centric forums from regular public Google Groups.

    Also it's good to see them dogfooding this.

  2. The forums platform is a great idea

  3. etc is a fairly strange url, but like the idea

  4. That's actually a great idea. I've always wondered why they took it out in the first place. Glad to have it back to where it should be.

  5. Why do I keep getting 'kill pages or wait' every minute? Why cant google do anything right? All I have is aggrevation. I have google chrome and I have explorer. Googel chrome is so slow and keeps killing my pages why? Can anyone out there give me an answer? I see that question alot for the last month. Thanks


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