So here’s a little rant from someone who ran a popular public group over at Google Groups. The criticisms are valid and worth a read for anyone planning a similar service. But here’s what you should use Google Groups for: free private email distribution lists. This is what Google Groups is good at, and the author agrees. It will be interesting to see how Groups will be integrated with Wave, down the road.
There is one area in which Google Groups continues to shine: Private, or restricted, mailing list discussions. However any attempts at using it for a public discussion medium are completely futile.