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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Third Edition by Michael Miller

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Chapter 26. Using Newsgroups, Message Boards, and Blogs

The Internet is a great way for people with special interests to gather and exchange ideas. Whether you're into model trains, European soccer, or soap operas, you can find a legion of similar fans online.

There are three primary types of online communities: newsgroups, message boards, and blogs. The best way to think of these communities is that they're like old-fashioned bulletin boards. A user begins by posting a message regarding a specific topic. Other members of the community respond to that message and post replies. Before long you have a intricate thread of messages, ...

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