…to Usenet (aka Google Groups.)
Usenet has had a remarkable 30-year run. Note: Usenet is not a listserv or LISTSERV®. Usenet is Usenet. Period. It is what you have been using for a decade. For some of us it’s been over three decades.
In 2001 Google acquired DejaNews, a Usenet service, to create Google Groups. It is still Usenet, but with a Google interface. It’s been a nice experience, but it is simply time to move on.
The successor is, ta-da, Google Plus (G+). You are urged to sign-up today.
These Usenet communities and some others will be consolidated into the Colabria Leadership Networks G+ community. You need to be in G+ to join.
The Network Singularity Google Groups will be retired soon. Their content is carried and searchable in Usenet in perpetuity, of course. Usenet will probably be around forever too.
Remember, lurkers and all, now and more in the future:
anonymity = irrelevance
Welcome to the Network Age of Identity.
“Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification.”
– Eric Schmidt,
Executive Chairman of Google,
5 February 2013.
Join G+ and Colabria and prosper.
Usenet is one of the oldest computer network communication systems still in widespread use. It was publicly established in 1980, over a decade before the World Wide Web and public Internet access was developed. It is the precursor to modern-day web forums and a huge part of the early Internet. Usenet access used to be provided by most ISPs, but, starting in 2008, ISP-provided Usenet access began to end. Web-based archiving of Usenet posts began in 1995 with Deja News and its large, searchable database. However, Deja News was shut down and in 2001 was bought out by Google and made into Google Groups. Google Groups now hosts a searchable archive of Usenet posts dating back to May 1981, which can be accessed by going to http://www.groups.google.com . The posts are organized by group and by topic and are formatted similar to email conversations like seen in Google’s Gmail service. Not only are the groups archived, but they can still be used, posted to and subscribed to.