A newsgroup is a way to share information among Internet users. Newsgroups are also referred to as Usenet and are like public access bulletin boards. Users float in and out. You can electronically tack up messages in special message areas and read hundred, yea thousands of messages while you are there.
These are usually not moderated so there are messages on topic and others that don't make sense. In fact many times there are inappropriate messages left in message areas. The difference from mailing lists is that newsgroup messages do not appear in your mailbox. You have to access the newsgroup server to see the messages. Newsgroups are organized by topic and come with messages and running dialogs about a wide number of subjects. The search engine for Newsgroups (Usenet) is Google Groups.
Newsgroups are cataloged by category. The first word in a Newsgroup indicates the category to which the newsgroup belongs. Below are a few of the categories commonly found on the Usenet.
Newsgroups require use of the newsgroup functions built into your browser. There are also special programs called newsreaders that allow you to read newsgroups.
Navigating in Netscape requires that you have to provide information to your system. To add a newsgroup follow the steps below.
Newsgroups and Use in School
Don't. Newsgroups can be very informative and the education groups have some very interesting topics. Newsgroups frequently however have inappropriate messages. They are not a place to take students. Since anyone can post here, the message boards can have poor and inappropriate language. Again, a great place to share ideas and follow hobbies and interest but a questionable place to use with students because you cannot control the postings.
Directory of Newsgroups at Cyberfiber
|This page was updated on: 04/10/02|