NetNews is a general term to cover internet discussion groups that evolved from usenet..
Usenet was established in 1980 for exchange of information on various topics.
It was structured as hierarchies - under nine major areas:
With the advent of the world wide web in 1995 DejaNews was created as an archive of Usenet discussion groups.
- comp - computer-related discussions (comp.software, comp.sys.amiga)
- humanities - fine arts, literature, and philosophy (humanities.classics, humanities.design.misc)
- misc - miscellaneous topics (misc.education, misc.forsale, misc.kids)
- news - discussions and announcements about news (meaning Usenet, not current events) (news.groups, news.admin)
- rec - recreation and entertainment (rec.music, rec.arts.movies)
- sci - science related discussions (sci.psychology, sci.research)
- soc - social discussions (soc.college.org, soc.culture.african)
- talk - talk about various controversial topics (talk.religion, talk.politics, talk.origins)
- NNTP - Net News Transfer Protocol was set up in 1986 to support usenet news over the internet.
- alt - An unorganized area which included a variety of topics
Deja News, and was transitioned to Google Groups after a February 2001 buyout.
Today there are many kinds of net forums from discussions of problems in particular application programs to family forums for people working on genealogy that serve a similar function.
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last updated 11 JAN 2010