Searching Online Groups and Messages
Facebook and Twitter are wildly popular today, but they’re not the first social communities on the Internet. These new-style social networks were predated by more than a decade by Usenet, a collection of Internet-based newsgroups organized around specific topics.
Usenet still exists, and it has been supplemented by Google Groups, Google’s foray into topic-based discussion forums. You can use Google Groups to search Usenet newsgroups and Google’s home-grown groups.
A Brief History of Google Groups
Google Groups has an odd history. It started as an archive of Usenet newsgroup messages and has evolved into Google’s web-based community—while retaining the original Usenet ...