Remember Usenet?

Back in the early to mid 1990s — before the world wide web really took off — NNTP (usenet) was my favorite internet protocol.  I enjoyed others, like SMTP (email) of course and IRC (internet relay chat)… but usenet was my go-to communication hub.  Although strictly text-based, usenet was a really great way to virtually interact, and you could even learn a thing or two depending on which newsgroups you frequented.  There are over 100,000 usenet groups in existence; here are some that I enjoyed back in the day:

  • alt.culture.us.1960s
  • alt.culture.us.1970s
  • alt.folklore.herbs
  • alt.folklore.science
  • alt.med.herbal.moderated
  • alt.music [several groups under this hierarchy]
  • alt.politics.liberal
  • alt.politics.usa
  • alt.radio.broadcasting
  • alt.support.grief.pet-loss
  • alt.tv.degrassi
  • alt.tv.er
  • alt.tv.homicide
  • alt.tv.the-andy-griffith-show
  • ba.broadcast
  • ba.broadcast.moderated
  • ba.food
  • ba.general
  • ba.singles
  • rec.arts.tv
  • rec.arts.tv.soaps.cbs
  • rec.pets.cats.health+behav
  • sci.geo
  • sci.med.alternative
  • soc.culture.mexican.american
  • soc.culture.usa
  • talk.religion.pantheism

I continued to frequent usenet well into the mid 2000s, and then gradually tapered off as HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol — i.e., the web) grew in popularity and ultimately came to be synonymous with “the internet.”  In fact, a whole lot of people out there don’t realize that the internet was actually in existence for a couple decades before HTTP was created. Funny how that happens.  Anyway, I’m glad I had the opportunity to partake, at least for a few years, of some of the earlier internet protocols. It’s kind of fun and “cool” and almost esoteric… kinda like knowing how to drive a stick-shift.

 

 

 

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