Alt Text: Offline Social Network Sites Don’t Live Up to Hype

Alt Text: Offline Social Network Sites Don’t Live Up to Hype
I’m always on the lookout for the latest edge-defining interactive trends, so when I read a blog post that pointed to a tweet referring to a Facebook group that referred to a thing called a “get together,” I was intrigued.
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what the difference between a RSS feed and a usenet group like google group?

Question by manohar g: what the difference between a RSS feed and a usenet group like google group?
in a google grouop i found that u cant put it in an opera feed.. u need a newsreader or something like that.. its a hassle to check to check e-mails to answer questions in google groups, cant we put them in the feeds menu of opera browser..

Best answer:

Answer by Chez7
The difference is how the message is read. An RSS feed has to link to a web site while a newsreader is reading individual messages, unfortunately, at this time, there is no way to incorporate the two.

News is only one form of content that can be distributed with an RSS feed. Other possibilities include discussion forum excerpts, software announcements, and any form of content retrievable with a URL.

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Adhoctechforce Technology Consulting (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) announces a new free usenet archive –

(PRWEB) September 2, 2004

Adhoctechforce Technology Consulting (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) announces a new free usenet archive – The archive features archives of popular usenet groups with an easy to use interface. The archive is fully search engine optimized and is expected to rank among the most used usenet archives available on the Internet.

About Adhoctechforce Technology Consulting:

Adhoctechforce Technology Consulting was founded in 2001 in Research Triangle Park, NC by Nathan M. Smith as an open source technology solutions provider. Nathan has worked with several leaders in the open source arena – including Developer Shed, Inc. and NeTraverse, Inc.

During 2001-2003, Adhoctechforce provided services for several local and national clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The majority of these projects were Linux system implimentations, SoHo Network Setups, and custom PHP and PERL programming.

In the fall of 2003, Adhoctechforce relocated to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Since the relocation to Ft. Lauderdale, Adhoctechforce has experienced phenominal growth with the launch of several content driven and subscription websites in addition to existing services.

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The New Usenet

The New Usenet

Are you expecting an article on the newest craze on the internet? The next new thing after blogs, Twitter and Myspace?

How about a twist on the oldest social networking venue on the web — usenets?

It was just a year ago we were reading articles on how the usenet was dead. About how forums and blogs have taken over the usenets’ usefulness. All through last year the big usenet providers were countering these claims with articles about how they are still here and will continue being here into the future.

Even so, legal issues, copyright issues, and child pornography issues cast a dark shadow over the usenet. How can there be a “new” usenet amid all the doom and gloom about usenets?

After all, what would the usenet be without a free mp3 or a copy of last months Playboy centerfold? What about a web-based usenet? Can this solve all the problems associated with the old usenet?  and what exactly is web-based usenet? A vast majority of the population does not even know what usenet is but, you mention twitter and they will tweet you to death.

Just after the invention of the internet wheel, educators at universities began to communicate via their computers. This was the beginning of a huge network that soon included pictures, videos and software.  The “Usenet” was born.

Who puts these items up on the usenet? You do, we do, your neighbor does. If I wanted to show off my restored 34 high boy, I might just take a picture of it and post it in for everyone in the world to see.

Usenet can boast that it has a forum for everyone, that nothing is left out, including illegal photos, videos and pirated software. The big usenet providers claim their service is “uncensored” as an out for the illegal content they provide. They have no control over what is posted by usenet users and the content is stored encoded at their server and is not in any useable format anyway. In other words, just look the other way folks; what is in there is in there and it is not going away any time soon.

In  todays’ society, we get bombarded with so much new technology and so many gadgets that you just can not spend all day learning how to use the new phone you just got because the ring on the other one annoyed your dog and he finally ended it. Todays’ gadgets need to be more intuitive and simpler to use than yesterdays gadgets. But this trend toward intuitive simplicity is far from the case with standard usenet. Just google “usenet tutorial” and see what happens. No wonder the usenet was flat-lining; with 2 million tutorials available, it can’t be that easy for everyone to set up usenet.

I found out about usenet back when I was in college. It was a large school, with large classes and few teacher aides so, if your little clique of study mates didn’t know the answer and you could not get to the teachers aides for help, what did you do? I found many helpful usenet-ers in alt.sci.chemistry and alt.eng.chemisty and learned so much by reading their posts. This became a great educational tool in all my classes. Truly, the usenet does have a topic for everyone and probably the answer to any question.

So, there are a lot of pluses and minuses to the usenet… and web-based is the fix? Not completely, but it is a start. Being web-based definitely fixes the complexity issue.

Web-based Usenet

Anyone who has been on the internet can go to an address in their browser and log on; that is all it takes with web-based usenet. Most web-based usenet servers carry only a fraction of the newsgroups that the large providers carry and the web-based usenet providers carefully select the newsgroups that they support. 

Several of the web-based usenet servers boast of having filters in place to filter out child pornography. Sure, a pedophile could disguise the file name to “restored_34_high_boy” and it could really be child pornography and no filter would catch it; even so, filters are definitely a step in the right direction. You will also already find, all over the internet, websites that do not support any “warez” content, another step in the right direction toward morality and legality issues for web-based usenet.

Since it is up to the web-based usenet provider what content will be made available to their users , how do you as a user find a usenet that suits your needs? On close inspection of them, you will find that web-based usenet providers seem to be very specialized. 

If you are looking for forum-type discussions about particular topics you really can not beat Google groups. If you are looking for pictures or videos, a search for “usenet browser” or “web-based usenet” on your favorite search engine will get you a good list.

Use your own judgement when choosing a web-based usenet provider. If they carry warez groups or groups with disguised names for child pornography such as “lolita”, it is probably not the usenet provider for you. Usenet is still alive and web-based usenet will increase in popularity in the future as more people discover it. No one would want to lose the vast amount of information that can be found or is stored on the usenet currently; it forms a highly valuable archive. In many ways, usenet “is” the internet. 

Unfortunately, it seems everything including usenet needs to have a moderator to keep the creeps, pedophiles and pirates out.


Gregg Fikes runs a web based usenet browser designed for PC and mobile access opening in August 2010.

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Controlling Child Pornography on the Usenet:

Controlling Child Pornography on the Usenet:

It all started when a network was designed with the initial purpose of exchanging text messages between connected university computers. When the ability to exchange non-textual files became possible, this network began to flourish. Today it is known as the Usenet. The dark side of the immensely popular Usenet is the advantage that enables the users to boldly distribute illegal images. The problem: distributing these sorts of files can make contributions to child pornography easy and anonymous. So it is easily understandable that anonymity serves as the key for such criminals, which they feasibly use as a protective shell. The catch-22 is that the complete censorship of child pornography on Usenet cannot be implemented easily since it is somewhat impossible without banning Usenet completely. Why just strike out a war against Usenet when the percentage of child pornography is basically small. The cutting truth is, child pornography can never be simply rooted out and finished forever.
Amidst darkness, the scintillating hope is that lately many Usenet communities have been reported to be curbed after important measures observed at the Government level. Internet Service Providers have been forced to shut down Usenet access at many places in order to cut down the incessant demand of child porn. Cuomo crackdown is a well known open war happening against the erotic newsgroups of Usenet. “NY State attorney Andrew Cuomo has managed to get two more ISPs to join his ‘Crusade’ against Usenet child porn.” (Roettgers, 2008). America Online is among the ISPs who have agreed to do something about blocking child pornography and once it denies access to certain newsgroups, the Usenet is sure to become a less attractive magnet for cyber criminals. Another fact supporting the rampage against Usenet is that the Recording Industry Association of America sued Usenet for millions of dollars, criticizing it as the network for illicit file sharing. Still saying that cyber censorship alone can play a vital role in stemming down child pornography is not actually true, since a large number of new Usenet groups are created daily.
In comparison to all the opponents who suggest the ban of Usenet, some facts still suggest this mayhem to be a part of hyped criticism against this network. After all Usenet is not out and out about only child pornography. Sure enough, Usenet hugely became a favored passage for the ones exchanging illicit material after it was superseded by the popularity of World Wide Web. Still very few out of the thousands of newsgroups supports child pornography. The complete banning of a huge network because of some black sheep is just not fair. There are thousands of useful discussion groups on Usenet, banning of which would mean a big loss for everyone. Nothing significant can be done about the criminals posting illegal images. We have to do our part to strictly avoid promoting child pornography. In the long run, the development of self-morality is what is needed to discourage the ones trading in child pornography.
Censorship its self must to be initiated at the provider level. Millions of files are downloaded to the Usenet daily. Without over burdening the Usenet providers, what can be done to deter child pornography?

1.    Only support newsgroups that are on the up and up. Many providers have lists of hundreds of thousands of newsgroups. What does it hurt to only have 95,000?
2.    Employ filters that can scan the posts file name and message for keywords that pertain to child pornography.
3.    Support anti child pornography groups and let your members and the world know you are part of these groups.
4.    Pre view data before it is made available on your server.

For Usenet to survive in the future, uncensored Usenet will have to become a thing of the past.

Gregg Fikes runs a web based usenet browser designed for PC and mobile access opening in August 2010.
usenet browser

Usenet can still be useful.(technology today)(online discussion groups): An article from: Community College Week

Usenet can still be useful.(technology today)(online discussion groups): An article from: Community College Week

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Title: Usenet can still be useful.(technology today)(online discussion groups)
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Publication: Community College Week (Newspaper)
Date: April 11, 2005
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