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Join Google Groups without Google id

If, like me, you don’t have a Gmail id (shock horror!) it can be a pain trying to figure out how to join a Google Group1 . Some groups (like the Django ones) do have web pages with a sign-up form, but most don’t. So how do you join those groups without going through all the Google id related shenanigans? Simple – type this in your address bar (and remember to press enter!):

http://groups.google.com/group/GroupName/boxsubscribe?email=emailid

Replace GroupName with the name of the group you want to join and emailid with your email id. In case you didn’t make any typos, you’ll find Google telling you that “a confirmation message has been sent” to your id. Just click on the link in that email and you are good to go.

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  1. I know you can have a Google id that is NOT a Gmail id, but let’s leave that out for now. []

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5 Responses to “Join Google Groups without Google id”

  1. Antonio says:

    Good post!
    Billant solution for a terribly annoying problem.
    Thanks.

  2. This works perfect!

    Thanks for such an easy solution…. :-)

    Cheers
    Mario

  3. Veena says:

    Works like a charm. Thank you for this tip.
    how do get to view pages or upload documents as a member to this group?

  4. borsi says:

    it doesn’t work in Opera.
    any idea?

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