Newsgroups:

A Newsgroup is a discussion about a particular subject consisting of notes written to a central internet site and redistributed through Unset, a worldwide network of news discussion groups. Unset uses the Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP).

Newsgroups are organised into subject hierarchies, with the first few letters of the newsgroup name indicating the major subject category and sub-categories represented by a subtopic name. Many subjects have multiple levels of subtopics. Some major subject categories are: news, rec (recreation), soc (society), sci (science), comp (computers), and so forth (there are many more). Users can post to existing newsgroups, respond to previous posts, and create new newsgroups.

The most accessible newsgroups for me are through google, since I have a google account I can easily access the latest newsgroups through my account.

Once you log onto your google account you go to the square in the top right hand corner which is your google apps. You then select the shortcut to groups which will take you to your groups homepage where you can either start your own group, go to your favourite saved groups or discover new ones.

At the top of the page there is a search box where you can type in and search for any newsgroup of your choice to partake in.

Once you type in your topic pages full of newsgroups should come up like this:

You then find a newsgroup and select reply, then answer in the box below (as you can see from my response:

Once you press send your comment will show up in the newsgroup for other users to see and reply to:

It’s really easy to use, that’s all you need to know about partaking in a newsgroup.

 

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