Ever been to a great concert before?
The magic of the music and lights make time stand still, you are stuck in the moment.
Then all of a sudden the bright lights come on around you and you are left with a surge of energy and anticipation. You want to hear more but the band abruptly leaves the stage.
You notice everyone around you is still, captivated and motionless just like you. Everyone then begins to cheer for more.
Suddenly it happens…
The band emerges. The lights go dim except for on-stage and they play the song you’ve been waiting for all night. The magic is back once again and it’s even better than it was before.
The history of Usenet is a lot like a great show.
Started by Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis in 1979, the 2 Duke University students could never imagine where the idea would lead.
Usenet originated as a computer-based communications network where users could post messages or “news”. You could discuss various topics on technology, history, social issues, and many others.
It became widely used among college campuses and among early “tech geeks”.
It was the platform that the World Wide Web, Linux, and Mosaic were all announced on. It is where popular internet jargon words such as “FAQ” and “Noob” were coined.
In many ways, Usenet was the original social network. The Facebook of its day. For the first time, you were able to login to your computer at your desk and interact with people from all over the world.
Eventually the Web would take charge of the scene by the late 90s and Usenet would quietly take a back seat.
However, after the elimination of free access by internet service providers, Usenet has returned for its encore, stronger than ever.
Usenet Was Never Really Finished
Today, premium providers offer you access to a massive amount of user uploads on Usenet unlike ever before.
It transformed into a place where users not only shared ideas but could upload and share audios, videos and images as well. With nearly 10 Terabytes of data uploaded to Usenet every single day, you can find almost everything you could ever want.
Today’s top end Usenet providers offer their subscribers unparalleled advantages such as:
- 1. Huge Selection – A growing collection of over 800 Terabytes of content available.
- 2. Large Retention Time – Retention refer to the time files are stored on the servers. The best providers now offer 1000+ days of retention of their files.
- 3. Uncapped Speeds – When downloading from Usenet you are connected directly to a network of premium grade servers. Unlike the shared connections offered by other download technologies, Usenet allows you to download as fast as your internet connection will allow. This means super fast rates, no more waiting around on slow downloads.
- 4. Unlimited Downloads – Most providers do not put any limits on the amount of content you can download.
- 5. Secure Downloads – Premium providers offer 128 or 256 bit SSL encryption. Your personal information is protected and others are kept out of your business. This added security is the same level that your bank provides online.
- 6. All-In-One Usenet Access – To download from Usenet you typically need 3 different things: Usenet access, a newsreader, and a Usenet search engine. Modern providers incorporate all 3 into an all-in-one platform. No more having to use 3 different sources to download a single file.
- 7. Free Trial – The very best premium all-in-one providers come with a price. However, those providers usually offer a free trial period. So you are able to test it out for yourself.
The Future of Usenet
With over 30 years of history Usenet remains a strong force on the Internet. In fact, it is stronger than ever before.
Old rockers like The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Bruce Springsteen are still selling out stadiums around the world.
And likewise, Usenet has been in concert for a long time now. But it continues to offer its fans a show superior to all others
…and it’s not stopping anytime soon.
Jared is the Public Outreach Manager at Binverse. He is an internet junkie who spends his time telling others about modern Usenet. You can follow his posts on Twitter.