Usenet is an unequalled repository of user-generated content. There are literally hundreds of thousands of newsgroups in existence, each one catering to one or more special interests. In other words, if something interests you, you will be able to find a newsgroup filled with other users interested in the same topics. Even better, these users have Terabytes of content they want to share with you!
Because there are thousands of newsgroups, your challenge will be in finding the groups that are most interesting to you. When you run a search using any of the suggestions below, make sure to try different abbreviations, acronyms and contractions as you will often get different results. Here are a few ways we recommend to search for newsgroups on various topics:
For more information on finding content, see our introduction to the different types of newsgroups here.
Note: Newsgroups are communities that have their own charters defining appropriate standards for the group. Make sure to review the charters and FAQs of each newsgroup before posting to ensure you are following the appropriate guidelines. Also, most countries have copyright laws and it is your responsibility to ensure the content you transfer or store on Usenet is not protected by copyright or other licensing restrictions without the permission of the copyright holder. Spam is not considered good net etiquette and most service providers have pretty strict spam prevention guidelines. Make sure to review the specific legal policies of your Usenet Service provider for more information.