An Overview of Network News

The concept of newsgroups revolutionized the way information was exchanged between people across a network. The Usenet network news system created a method for people to electronically communicate with large groups of people with similar interests.

The following sections describe the Usenet network newsgroup format and how newsgroup information is transmitted between hosts. As you will see, many of the concepts of Usenet news are embodied in other forms of collaborative communication.

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