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Usenet Newsgroups

Usenet is the largest and oldest existing online community in the world. Predating the World Wide Web—but still using the Internet’s underlying infrastructure—Usenet is a collection of more than 30,000 online discussion groups, organized by topic. Usenet utilizes a technology called NNTP to propagate messages between dedicated Usenet servers all around the world.

A Usenet newsgroup is an electronic gathering place for people with similar interests. Within a newsgroup, users post messages (called articles) about a variety of topics; other users read these articles and, when so disposed, respond. The result is a kind of ongoing, freeform discussion in which dozens—or hundreds—of users participate.


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