Are Newsgroups still relevant?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by redAPPLE, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops

    i would just like to get your opinion on newsgroups.

    newsgroups used to be popular but i haven't heard anybody in the last 5 years, talk about it. it has been so seldom i have heard anybody talk about newsgroups (in general), that i don't seem to remember, why they were good...

    is rss (or any other technology) the new "newsgroups"?
  2. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
  3. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Usenet (newsgroups) is still a pretty busy place, but web forums like this, or Yahoo! Groups have rather taken over these days. I'll admit I used to be a heavy user of usenet, but haven't fired up a reader in quite some time. You'll still find a lot of traffic out there, though, if you go looking.

    RSS isn't the same thing at all as it's not interactive - it's just another way of delivering web pages.

    As for the poster who suggested that IRC (another very early protocol that has become less popular in these days of instant messengers, but still has a lot of aficionados, including myself) had taken over from newsgroups, well all I can suggest is that he doesn't understand either one... :rolleyes:
  4. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    It's still relevant for massive file sharing.

    I used to hang around various newsgroups, but like someone else said, these kinds of message boards (especially now that they're so easy to set up) have pretty much replaced usenet for chatting. The other problem with usenet is that spam has really taken over and made the experience miserable. Seem to be a lot more idiots and trolls out there too.
  5. Phillyzero macrumors regular


    May 1, 2008
    Yeah, it's not really for chatting as much is still relevant in file-sharing world though (for those who don't wish to torrent).

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