USENET has been known for many years”decades, in fact”as a place to go for conversations. It’s not quite the same as the Internet that most people are used to. In fact, USENET had been around for a decade plus before the consumer Internet really took off. The USENET system was designed to disseminate information across news groups. They were originally used to disseminate timely information, which is where the term “news” came into play.
Today, the USENET is offered by private companies, with many of them offering very fast access to files and conversations. For the users of the service, the reader is the heart of their experience. Over the years, these have become much more advanced and easier to use than they were in the past. There are different compression types and file types used on the USENET system than most people will be familiar with, but these newsreaders make managing them very easy.
USENET now offers an alternative to the ubiquitous social networking that takes place on the Internet, as well. One of the complaints with social networking has been that it makes it hard to maintain separate circles of friends. People end up with their parents knowing about every party they attend in college or, conversely, parents have a hard time getting some time away from their kids. USENET is classic Internet in that it’s anonymous. People’s reputations on the system tend to be based on what they know and what they’ve contributed to groups, not on their photo albums or status updates. There are a lot of very educational and accomplished people in the science and computer newsgroups, for instance, and these individuals oftentimes give great advice on a wide array of topics, making the service a very substantial alternative to forums and social networking sites.