Usenet was born 30 years ago, in 1979. It all began as a small communication network between a few universities in the United States, and was used to trade information, news, and research results. It has grown from a simple design without an official structure to a logical network linking millions of people and computers to over 100,000 different newsgroups and millions of bytes of articles.
Two Duke University graduate students in North Carolina, Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis, came up with the idea of connecting computers to exchange information with the UNIX community. The first news software, called 'A' News was built by Steve Bellovin, another Duke student. Nowadays, there are numerous software packages for news management. Users can access newsgroups using a constantly increasing number of newsreader applications.
Early Usenet users had one thing in common - their passion to discuss a broad range of topics and ideas, including politics, science, technology, philosophy, science fiction, music and much more. People met in various newsgroups to freely voice their opinions, ask for advice, and interact with other users who shared the same interests.
Today, Usenet continues to be a worldwide, unrestricted forum for debate and informational exchange where many sides of an issue come into view. The participants govern themselves, and collaborate to blend freedom and order within each newsgroup. Without the time and effort put in by its users, Usenet would not be the democratic, information-rich forum that it is today.
Rumor has it that back in the early days, all of the messages in Usenet on any given day could be read in twenty minutes, and the original design estimated a maximum traffic volume of 2 articles a day! Fortunately, Usenet has evolved greatly throughout the years. Currently, Usenet is a never-ending collection of thousands of online discussion groups across the globe about subjects ranging from Astrology to Zoology. Amazingly, this 30-year-old communications network continues to grow in popularity and diversity, promising a rich future of shared culture, ideas and information.
One of the most common observations about Usenet is that it seems to be more difficult to use, especially for beginners. A news reader application is required, and often these are not as comfortable and familiar to users as their web browsers. Previewing files in particular can be inconvenient and time consuming.
This situation changed in 1994 with the advent of EASYNEWS, the first service that allowed people to browse, preview and download from Usenet newsgroups as simply as they browsed websites. Using the browser of their choice, subscribers could access Usenet just like the internet.
Today, EASYNEWS remains the original, proprietary web-based usenet experience, and is tremendously popular with both novices and seasoned Usenet veterans. Find out how easy Usenet can be! Right now, you can get started for FREE with our 14-day trial!