Google Bolsters Usenet Postings

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2002-01-14 Print this article Print

Google recently relaunched its Usenet search service with postings going back 20 years.

Last year, I wrote a column about the loss of the Internets collective memory, especially when it came to older Usenet postings.

At the time that purchased Deja.coms Usenet archive, it was searchable only to early 1999.

Well, it took a little while, but Google has done right by Usenet, not only in restoring all of Dejas previously archived newsgroup postings but also in actively seeking out older Usenet postings, many of which were on CDs, disks and tapes.

This work paid off, and, recently, Google relaunched its Usenet search service with postings going back 20 years.

Using the new service at to search for old but useful information (as well as for all my own old postings) is as easy as ever, and good advanced features make it easy to narrow the results.

Google has also included a nice timeline feature that has many key first posts, including the first Usenet mention of Y2K and Tim Berners-Lees announcement of the World Wide Web.

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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