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Computing a vast collection of newsgroups that follow agreed naming, maintaining, and distribution practices


(computer science)
A global network of newsgroups that is linked by the Internet and other wide-area networks.


/yoos'net/ or /yooz'net/ (Or "Usenet news", from "Users' Network") A distributed bulletin board system and the people who post and read articles thereon. Originally implemented in 1979 - 1980 by Steve Bellovin, Jim Ellis, Tom Truscott, and Steve Daniel at Duke University, and supported mainly by Unix machines, it swiftly grew to become international in scope and, before the advent of the World-Wide Web, probably the largest decentralised information utility in existence.

Usenet encompasses government agencies, universities, high schools, businesses of all sizes, and home computers of all descriptions. In the beginning, not all Usenet hosts were on the Internet. As of early 1993, it hosted over 1200 newsgroups ("groups" for short) and an average of 40 megabytes (the equivalent of several thousand paper pages) of new technical articles, news, discussion, chatter, and flamage every day. By November 1999, the number of groups had grown to over 37,000.

To join in you originally needed a news reader program but there are now several web gateways such as Deja. Several web browsers include news readers and URLs beginning "news:" refer to Usenet newsgroups.

Network News Transfer Protocol is a protocol used to transfer news articles between a news server and a news reader. The uucp protocol was sometimes used to transfer articles between servers, though this is probably rare now that most sites are on the Internet.

Stanford University runs a service to send news articles by electronic mail. Send electronic mail to <> with "help" in the message body.

Notes on news by Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen <>.

[Gene Spafford <>, "What is Usenet?", regular posting to news:news.announce.newusers].


(USEr NETwork) A public access network on the Internet that provides group discussions and group e-mail. It is a giant, dispersed bulletin board that is maintained by volunteers who provide news and mail feeds to other nodes. All Usenet content is "NetNews," and a running collection of messages about a subject is a "newsgroup."

Humble Beginnings
Usenet began in 1979 as a bulletin board between two universities in North Carolina. Today, there are more than 50,000 newsgroups, and news can be read with a news-enabled Web browser, a newsreader application or via Unix-based utilities such as pine, tin and nn. See newsreader, newsgroup, NNTP and Google Groups.
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