What Happened to Usenet?

Submitted by Darren Oh on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 17:23

Usenet used to be the Internet. The World Wide Web was announced on Usenet. But most ISPs no longer offer Usenet. Usenet has been replaced by Web forums (I include Facebook and Twitter in the definition of Web forums). Why?

Usenet lacks two things that Web forums have:

  • Authentication
  • Permanent archiving

The need for these two features is the reason Web forums have replaced Usenet.