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Internet Education Newsgroups

Find active newsgroups for your college or university to discuss work with other students or find like-minded educators. Newsgroups can assist students and teachers in finding news, information, as well as other individuals and groups with whom to share common interests and concerns.

Newsgroups are much like the public message boards on old bulletin board systems. For those readers not familiar with this concept, envision an electronic version of the cork board in the entrance of your local grocery store.

There are currently well over 100,000 Usenet newsgroups, but only 20,000 or so of those are active. Newsgroups vary in popularity, with some newsgroups only getting a few posts a month while others get several hundred (and in a few cases a couple of thousand).

 
 

 

How do Internet Newsgroups Work?

The venerable internet education newsgroup is still alive.

Weblogs have replaced some of the uses of newsgroups (especially because, for a while, they were less prone to spamming).

A website called Deja News began archiving Usenet in the mid-1990s. DejaNews also provided a searchable web interface. Google bought the archive from them and made efforts to buy other Usenet archives to attempt to create a complete archive of Usenet newsgroups and postings from its early beginnings.

Like DejaNews, Google has a web search interface to the archive, but Google also allows newsgroup posting.

 

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Newsgroup servers are hosted by various organizations and institutions. Most Internet service providers host their own news servers, or rent access to one, for their subscribers. There are also a number of companies who sell access to premium news servers.

Every host of a news server maintains agreements with other news servers to regularly synchronize. In this way news servers form a network. When a user posts to one news server, the message is stored locally. That server then shares the message with the servers that are connected to it if both carry the newsgroup, and from those servers to servers that they are connected to, and so on.

For newsgroups that are not widely carried, sometimes a carrier group is used for crossposting to aid distribution. This is typically only useful for groups that have been removed or newer alt.* groups. Crossposts between hierarchies, outside of the Big 8 and alt.* hierarchies, are failure prone. [ Source - Wikipedia ]

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