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Mailing List Service Migrates to Google Groups

Posted on: August 7th, 2012 by

On July 25, Information Technology (IT) completed the migration of our mailing list service to Google Groups. Google Groups is Google’s version of a mailing list service. Some of the advantages of Google Groups include a web interface for self-service group management, web-based archive mail review and support for email attachments up to 25 MB.

Key Migration Points

Below is recap of key points sent to mailing list owners when we migrated to Google Groups.

  • We migrated mailing lists and members. If the list was used in the past 18 months, IT migrated the mailing list to Google Groups.
  • Mailing list names and list email addresses remained the same (e.g.,
  • Student email addresses were modified from to

Getting Started: Member

For mailing list members, there are very few changes. Since the mailing list names have not changed, you may email the list as you did before the migration. Students emailing a list should remember to use their UM Gmail account and not their personal Gmail account.

If you want to join a list, just send an email to where groupname is the exact name of the mailing list. The mailing list owner will take the appropriate action to complete your request.  Likewise, you can unsubscribe by emailing

Getting Started: Owner

When you are ready to create a new mailing list, contact the IT Helpdesk for now. In the near future, IT will be building a web interface in myOleMiss to provide a self-service mailing list creation option. Also, we encourage all list owners to have UM Gmail accounts for full access to the Google Group management interface.

Once you have a list, the most common tasks are adding list members and creating list managers. You can review the Google Groups FAQ for answers to these questions or contact the IT Helpdesk to step you through the process.

Final Comments

IT created a Google Groups FAQ to answer the most common questions. For any other questions about mailing lists, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 662-915-5222 or