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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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Chapter 14. NNTP NEWS WEBBOTS

Another non-web protocol your webbots can use is the Network News Transfer Protocol (NTTP). Before modern applications like MySpace, Facebook, and topic-specific web forums, NNTP was used to build online communities where people with common interests exchanged information in newsgroups. Members of newsgroups contribute articles—announcements, questions, or answers relating to one of thousands of subject-specific topics. Collectively, these articles are referred to as news. While NNTP is an older Internet protocol, it is still in wide use today, and it provides a valuable source of information for certain webbot projects. I've recently found NNTP useful when working on projects for private investigators, the hospitality ...

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