What is Usenet and How Does it Work?
Have you heard of Usenet? Maybe your father once mentioned something about his Usenet account in college. If you are unaware of what Usenet is, don’t worry. You are about to find out.
Usenet was initially an idea hatched by 2 Duke University students in 1979. It was soon available on college campuses around the world. Access was eventually granted to early internet service providers who gave free access to their subscribers.
The concept was very simple. It was a computer network system of users who communicated with each other. It became very popular among the tech crowd and college students who used it to discuss current issues or “news”.
That’s because this premise is the same concept behind every social media technology. Think of how Facebook and MySpace started out.
While we may be tempted to think of sites like MySpace or Friendster as the first social networks, it was really Usenet that was first.
What is Usenet like today?
Modern Usenet is much different than it was 30 years ago.
For one thing, it’s no longer free! But that may have been a blessing in disguise.
As the amount of files (binaries) on Usenet continued to grow, universities and ISPs began dropping their Usenet access.
Private providers stepped in to fill the void. These private providers have continued to make investments in the Usenet infrastructure. So today, Usenet is much stronger and much more robust that it used to be.
Every day, more than 9 Terabytes of data is uploaded to Usenet.
The increased strength and capacity has allowed Usenet to become bigger and faster.
Today Usenet offers superior downloading with unmatched speeds and security.
With uncapped speeds offered by the best providers, you can download files in minutes. Since the content is uploaded to premium grade server farms, you can directly connect with them and download as fast as your internet will allow.
How does it work?
Typically you need 3 things to download from Usenet:
- Usenet Server Access – gives you access to the Usenet content.
- Newsreader – needed for your computer to communicate with the servers.
- Usenet Search Engine – lets you search for the files you want.
There are many options available for all of these.
If this sounds like too many complicated steps then you should consider using an all-in-one Usenet provider.
All-In-One Usenet Providers
All-in-one providers combine all 3 steps above into a very user-friendly application.
They take the trouble out of using multiple applications to download a single file. You can easily access the Usenet servers, search for content, and download whatever you like in one place. This simplicity allows even beginners an easy to use solution for Usenet access.
Over 30 years of Usenet
Usenet is a big piece of Internet history in itself and continues to revolutionize the downloading world. It gave way to the beginning of the Web and has remained relevant in a sea of ever changing technology.
If you are in to downloading, you may want to give Usenet a try.
This is a guest post by Jared Scott who works for Binverse, a leading Usenet provider.