In 1979, two college grad students had created a system in which its purpose was to create the first online based community. Originally created primarily for Universities and Colleges, After the first official Announcement of USENET, it was quickly adapted by the online masses and still thrives upon its community base of sharing, discovering and exploring practically any particular subject matter imaginable.
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.
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 have.
Newsgroups are the general topics of Usenet. Although millions of them exist, only a few thousand are truly popular. ”Popular” Usenet 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 usenet 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 usenet newsgroup 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 to months.
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 anything.