Usenet is a worldwide system of discussion
groups used by tens of millions of people
on the internet today. Think of
Usenet as one-to-many teleconferencing system.
The operation of Usenet is most similar
to the way that the combination of e-mail
AND forums work. Working much like an email/forum,
a posted message/article gets posted publicly
to a local group (AKA Newsgroups, which
we’ll get to in a minute). With Usenet,
you can read and post messages (called “articles”
or “posts”) at your own convenience.
Allowing the user to follow these articles
days, weeks and even months from the date
it was posted with the ability to respond
and read responses from these local groups.
a system where you can exchange virtually
anything that can be transmitted between
Just reading articles/posts are not the
only thing Usenet does. With hardly any
restrictions on actual “space”,
Usenet is extremely popular in being
able to post enormous files to pass along
to public domains. Universities
find the most convenience with this as this
allows them to post large size files to
be shared within a community.
As an example, imagine an online text-book
on quantum physics. The file itself could
exceed anywhere from 100-200mb in size!
How would you go about sending the file
to 100+ online students? E-mail would be
entirely too slow, and chances are you’d
get fired just for trying. Posting it on
your University’s internet site would
not only bog the site down, but is not feasible
for a number of reasons. Solution: USENET!
With Usenet, all you would have to do is
post it on an intended newsgroup, let your
students know where to look, and they can
download the file at there own convenience.
Additionally, you can track if there are
any responses and questions students potentially
The articles and files on Usenet is divided
into thousands of newsgroups. Each newsgroups
is defined by a particular topic. From
education to music to movies and even the
meaning of life, Usenet a repository of
information for anything you can possibly
What they are and what they have.
Newsgroups are the general topics of Usenet.
Although millions of them exist, only a
few thousand are truly popular. “Popular”
Newsgroups exchange virtually anything and
everything you can imagine.”
From the studies of science to general discussions
and postings of japanimation films, Newsgroups
are a vital part of cyberspace communication
as we know it.
Topics are by the millions with Newsgroups.
Everyday, these groups grow in size and
popularity. Most of the major newsgroups
have what is called a “charter”.
A Charter specifies the topics of discussion
and assigns a moderator if there is a demand
or if its necessary for the particular group.
This is most prominent with newsgroups that
share a lot of articles and files, otherwise
known as “posts”.
Here, the example is again made about sharing
a large file amongst a public community.
In this example, it could very well be a
musician who wishes to share his collection
of his work with the public. Rather than
hosting the files on his own site, he can
post these songs on a particular group and
not only have his files downloaded and played
by this group, but respond about they’re
thoughts on the music. This allows the musician
to have instantaneous access to this group
no matter where he or she is without any
time restraints. The posts and its replies
would reside on the newsgroup for weeks
Consider newsgroups as a large bulletin
board for the masses. They’re
formed by groups of people swapping information
on a variety of subjects. Where users can
share ideas, ask questions and share practically
Until recently, ISP’s were known to
give you unlimited, uncensored access to
newsgroups as part of your internet access
package. Nowadays more companies are dropping
there newsgroup service due to the overwhelming
costs it takes to maintain it. Couple that
with the popularity Usenet has recently
been having, and you can sympathize with
Even if you do have an ISP does offer newsgroup
service, more often than not, they are limited.
Imposing download caps on its users and
offering a horrible retention rates (the
amount of time the files stay on a server)
and censoring its users. Because of this,
Tigerusenet was created. Tigerusenet
is a provider of usenet access which allows
users to access the tens of thousands of
newsgroups available today.
Tigerusenet has a great retention rate (with
files ranging from 65 days old to new) and
is completely uncensored. With Tigerusenet,
you are able to access the world of newsgroups
the way they are intended. To truly
experience Usenet as it was intended, Tigerusenet
has unlimited packages for its members.
Be weary of very shady outfits on the internet
today that sell Usenet service. There are
many hosting providers currently out there.
Only a handful that can be trusted.
Now that you know what about Usenet is and
WHERE to get it, the question
is, HOW do you access these
Newsreaders are software programs that continually
search thousands of newsgroups for posts.
A newsreader is capable of handling multiple
newsgroups to scan, read and download articles
from a particular newsgroup. With a newsreader,
you can easily access a group, post a message,
and download anything and everything the
newsgroup of interest has to offer.
As an example, let’s say there is
a group called alt.education.research (which
there is). With a newsreader, you would
be able to view the full contents of the
group. Imagine it’s like email again
where you would see a full inbox of thousands
of messages from users collaborating on
a variety of different aspects of education
research. With most newsreaders, you can
scan these emails by topic, keywords or
content. Allowing you to view, follow and/or
download only the subject matters that interest
Many times, large files are broken up into
smaller parts to allow the user to download
easier. With some newsreaders, you
can combine these files so you can make
one swift download which you can combine
later on. A great convenience for
a lot of users.
Currently, there are hundreds of newsreaders
to choose from. NewsRover,
a very popular newsreader is one that Tigerusenet
recommends for its users. It’s ease
of use and the way it handles newsgroups
become common tasks versus the tedious and
advanced functions others provide.
So you now know about Usenet, Usenet
Access and Newsreaders. What are you waiting
for? Millions are waiting.