What is Newsgroups? Define History of Newsgroups

Usenet (User Network) was developed in 1979 as an alternative to the Internet. As the Internet became increasingly popular, it absorbed Usenet, which is now often referred to as "newsgroups." The Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) was developed in 1985 and allows sites on the Internet to exchange Usenet news articles, which are organized into topics (for example, "programming in C++" or "international trade issues"). Other newsgroups discuss topics far less relevant to business. To use newsgroups, you must have access to a news server, which authorizes you to read and post news.