|About Usenet Newsgroups|
or Netnews or news are all words for the same concept:
the broadcast of "posted" messages to a
newsgroup. USENET is a series of mutual agreements
between connected host computers. A network agrees to
accept news in certain groups and to feed postings to
certain groups. A network need not accept all possible
newsgroups. This is particularly important for
communities that include people such as young students
for whom some of the material in newsgroups is not
appropriate. There are over 30,000 newsgroups at this
writing in the fall of 1998. New ones are added each day.
The groups are arranged in hierarchies and subhierarchies
roughly according to subject. The groups reflect the
diversity of the Internet community with discussions in
rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan with the fans of Robert
Jordan, a writer of speculative fiction or sci-fi; with
the fans of the game of soccer in rec.sport.soccer, or a
discussion of a particular technical point in compilers
or networking protocols.
A specialized kind of netnews is the commercial service of ClariNet. This subscription service broadcasts news from United Press International (UPI) to its subscribers. As a service to its host dial-up users, Comcation soon plans to subscribe to the ClariNet newsgroups
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