Usenet (User's Network, or NetNews) was created around
1979 and today it has over 10 million users. It is a public
network in which participants exchange information and ideas
by posting messages to news groups.
The following description about
Usenet was obtained
from the now defunct URL
Usenetis a world-wide distributed discussion system. It consists of a set of "newsgroups" with names that are classified hierarchically by subject. "Articles" or "messages" are posted to these newsgroups by people on computers with the appropriate software -- these articles are then broadcast to other interconnected computer systems via a wide variety of networks. Some newsgroups are "moderated"; in these newsgroups, the articles are first sent to a moderator for approval before appearing in the newsgroup.
Usenetis available on a wide variety of computer systems and networks, but the bulk of modern
Usenettraffic is transported over either the Internet or
Usenet consists of over 14,000 newsgroups.
Newsgroups are group hierarchically, the most common top level categories are:
biz-- business related topics
comp-- computer related topics
sci-- scientific topics
misc-- miscellaneous topics
soc-- social issues
talk-- debates and lengthy conversations
news-- news and topical subjects
rec-- hobbies and recreational topics
alt-- everything else (catch-all)
Usenet was originally implemented in 1979-1980
by Steve Bellovin, Jim Ellis, Tom Truscott, and Steve Daniel
at Duke University.
Here is a list of Usenet newsgroups that I look at from time-to-time.
You can put hyperlinks to
Usenet newsgroups in a webpage.
Usenet newsgroup for the
Note: In order for
Usenetto work on the client's computer, they need to inform their browser of the name of an
NNTP(Network News Transmission Protocol) server from which to fetch the news.
Using Netscape 4.0 or higher, you can do the following:+ click the Edit menu + click on Preferences + double-click on Mail & Newsgroups + click on Newgroup Servers + click the Add button + enter the name of the NNTP server in the Server text field + click the Ok button + click the Ok button
On 12 February 20001, Google acquired Deja.com's Usenet discussion service. It is located at http://groups.google.com