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Using Newsgroups

In a way, a newsgroup acts like a combination of a slow e-mail program and a community bulletin board. Newsgroups have little or nothing to do with the daily news. Newsgroups are thousands of lists, arranged by subject, that hold messages and files that you and others can post and read.

Suppose that you are interested in rollerblading and want to trade information you have with others who are interested in the sport. You could find one of the several newsgroups related to rollerblading and read the hundreds of messages and files posted to that newsgroup. Depending on the Internet service you use and the newsgroup filing rules, you might find messages months old or only from the past few days. Often, the larger newsgroups can keep only a limited number of days'worth of messages and files in the newsgroup.


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