Google Groups will stop supporting the publication and viewing of web pages on Usenet

Google Groups will stop supporting the publication and viewing of web pages on Usenet

Google Groups plans to end support for posting or viewing web pages on Usenet, a decentralized system where each ISP and company can have its own server.

“Most of the content distributed over Usenet today is binary (non-text) file sharing, which is not supported by Google Groups, as well as spam,” the support document states.

The company also says that “legitimate activity” in Usenet groups has declined due to social media and modern web forums.

Support for Google Groups for Usenet will end on February 22, 2024. Starting today, groups.google.com will no longer be able to post content to Usenet groups, subscribe to groups, or view new posts. However, older content will be available for viewing.

Google’s News Network Transfer Protocol (NNTP) server and associated peering will no longer be available, meaning the company will no longer support serving new Usenet content or sharing it with other NNTP servers.

Users were advised to switch to the new Usenet client. At the same time, all content from Google Groups will be synchronized with the selected server.

In 2020, a Canadian programmer published a database of 2.1 million Usenet messages from February 1981 to June 1991. He took material from the UTZOO NetNews Archive, recorded on 141 magnetic tapes by University of Toronto programmer Henry Spencer. The author of the database claims that these are the earliest of the currently published online correspondences of representatives of universities that at that time had access to the Internet.

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