Usenet: Webster’s Timeline History, 1919 – 2004

Usenet: Webster’s Timeline History, 1919 – 2004

Webster’s bibliographic and event-based timelines are comprehensive in scope, covering virtually all topics, geographic locations and people. They do so from a linguistic point of view, and in the case of this book, the focus is on “Usenet,” including when used in literature (e.g. all authors that might have Usenet in their name). As such, this book represents the largest compilation of timeline events associated with Usenet when it is used in proper noun form. Webster’s timelines cover bibliographic citations, patented inventions, as well as non-conventional and alternative meanings which capture ambiguities in usage. These furthermore cover all parts of speech (possessive, institutional usage, geographic usage) and contexts, including pop culture, the arts, social sciences (linguistics, history, geography, economics, sociology, political science), business, computer science, literature, law, medicine, psychology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology and other physical sciences. This “data dump” results in a comprehensive set of entries for a bibliographic and/or event-based timeline on the proper name Usenet, since editorial decisions to include or exclude events is purely a linguistic process. The resulting entries are used under license or with permission, used under “fair use” conditions, used in agreement with the original authors, or are in the public domain.

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2004 MSR Netscan Usenet Treemap by number of Posts

2004 MSR Netscan Usenet Treemap by number of Posts
usenet newsgroups
Image by Marc_Smith
This is a treemap of the Usenet newsgroup discussion community space generated by the Netscan system at Microsoft Research. This map represents a year of message reception by all Usenet newsgroups that were collected by the Netscan service. The area of each box is proportional to the number of messages that newsgroup received. Bigger newsgroups create bigger boxes. Color maps to change from the prior year, green indicating growth and red for decline over the prior time period. The original sized image shows significant detail. The treemap tool is available for free download from the research.microsoft.com web site. It comes with an Excel plug-in that allows users to generate their own treemaps with any data they can get into a spreadsheet (that contains a properly formatted hierarchical data structure). Your mileage may vary. Netscan can be found at netscan.research.microsoft.com.

Smith, Marc A., Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, 2007. Netscan: A Social Accounting Search Engine, Microsoft Research Community Technologies Group, netscan.research.microsoft.com

2004 MSR Netscan Usenet Treemap by number of Returnees

2004 MSR Netscan Usenet Treemap by number of Returnees
usenet newsgroups
Image by Marc_Smith
This is a treemap of the Usenet newsgroup discussion community space generated by the Netscan system at Microsoft Research. This map presents the number of unique authors in each Usenet newsgroup who appeared in the current and prior year. Data on the number of "returnees" in each newsgroups was collected and calculated by the Netscan service. The area of each box is proportional to the number of authors that newsgroup attracted in both the current and prior year. Newsgroups with bigger returnee populations create bigger boxes. Color maps to change from the prior year, green indicating growth and red for decline over the prior time period. The original sized image shows significant detail. The treemap tool is available for free download from the research.microsoft.com web site. It comes with an Excel plug-in that allows users to generate their own treemaps with any data they can get into a spreadsheet (that contains a properly formatted hierarchical data structure). Your mileage may vary. Netscan can be found at netscan.research.microsoft.com.

Smith, Marc A., Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, 2007. Netscan: A Social Accounting Search Engine, Microsoft Research Community Technologies Group, netscan.research.microsoft.com

2004 MSR Netscan Usenet Treemap by number of Posters

2004 MSR Netscan Usenet Treemap by number of Posters
free usenet
Image by Marc_Smith
This is a treemap of the Usenet newsgroup discussion community space generated by the Netscan system at Microsoft Research. This map represents the number of unique authors in each Usenet newsgroup who appeared in the current year. Data on the number of "posters" in each newsgroup was collected and calculated by the Netscan service. The area of each box is proportional to the number of authors that newsgroup attracted in the current year. Newsgroups with bigger poster populations create bigger boxes. Color maps to change from the prior year, green indicating growth and red for decline over the prior time period. The original sized image shows significant detail. The treemap tool is available for free download from the research.microsoft.com web site. It comes with an Excel plug-in that allows users to generate their own treemaps with any data they can get into a spreadsheet (that contains a properly formatted hierarchical data structure). Your mileage may vary. Netscan can be found at netscan.research.microsoft.com.

Smith, Marc A., Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, 2007. Netscan: A Social Accounting Search Engine, Microsoft Research Community Technologies Group, netscan.research.microsoft.com

Sierra Corporate Design’s 2004 website, courtesy of the Archive.org

Sierra Corporate Design’s 2004 website, courtesy of the Archive.org
free usenet
Image by mary hodder
Sierra Corporate Design is the entity suing two spam activists, who revealed that Jerry Reynolds was the largest spammer on Usenet. Sierra Corporate Design, the company, is owned by Reynolds. Both are located in North Dakota, and Jerry Reynolds was the owner of the sites, Netzilla.com and Sexzilla.com, in the mid to late 90’s. These sites were the largest spammers on Usenet.

Tomorrow, one of these guys being sued has to turn over computers and faces a court appearance in North Dakota (he lives in CA). Therefore the North Dakota court has no jurisdiction over him.