State of the USENET Feed in 2020

State of the USENET Feed in 2020

If you’re a USENET user then there’s a good chance that you love data too. The growth of the USENET feed over the last decade is very interesting and shows all sorts of changes in user behavior, the quality of our internet connections, and much more.

The approximate volume of USENET data generated in 2008 was 4.7 TB per day, which was a staggering amount at the time. The USENET feed has grown around 25% yearly since 2008 and now sits at around 120 TB per day, a 5X increase. Another way to look at this… 2020 alone accounts for nearly 30% of the total USENET data since 2008, and we’re not half-way through the year.

Usenet Feed Size in 2020

Just like most things digital, USENET newsgroups have grown substantially and quickly. What once took a year to achieve is now a bi-weekly milestone. Since 2008, online users have increased by more than 1,157 times with an estimated 4.79 billion people spending an average of 6.5 hours online every day.

Older Data is Becoming Less Important

One potential explanation for the growth of the USENET feed is reposting. Older articles are increasingly being reposted, which pushes more of the total USENET feed into the more recent days.

It’s estimated that only 10% of articles posted are ever actually read and more than 50% of the articles read are less than 120 days old and a whopping 85% of the read articles are less than 1500 days old. Combine that with reposting and the growth of the USENET feed makes more sense. Older articles are just not pulled as often.

Retention is a Poor Metric

Since older articles no longer carry the weight that they used to it doesn’t make sense to hold up binary retention as the most important metric in Usenet anymore. The vast majority of read articles are from within the last 12 months or so, and that’s where our focus is and where we have put our primary resources into technology to deliver those articles as fast as possible. NGD’s primary goal is to make sure that our users have the fastest access to the articles they need.  We show less than 1.5% of all requested articles are unavailable, and those are typically par2 files.  This number includes all message failures including articles outside our retention as well as articles that have been deleted or removed.

What’s Next?

Due to a number of factors, especially those that have been created through our worldwide pandemic, it’s too soon to say what the daily volume total could be for 2021. As of now though, the forecast for it should only see a positive increase in these numbers.

Free Unlimited Access for Block Customers During COVID-19

COVID-19 Free Usenet Access

Update: This program has ended. Thanks for your participation!

We’re providing our valued block customers with unlimited usenet access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is This For?

Our free access is available for all NGD block customers (current customers and new customers). Unlimited customers should continue to use the existing servers.

How Long Will This Last?

We’re not sure. We’re planning on at least 2 months from today (April 17). We’ll re-evaluate then.

How to Access Free Usenet

The only thing you’ll have to change in your configuration is your NNTP address. You’ll need to connect to covid.newsgroupdirect.com with your existing username and password. Everything else will stay the same.

Contact [email protected] if you run into any issues.

 

New Price Matches Available

Our sister site, Newsdemon, is celebrating their 15th anniversary with a whole host of usenet deals. We’re price matching every one of those deals on our Usenet Deals page.

The first batch of price-matched deals is up right now, including:

  • 7 months of unlimited access for $15
  • 1 year of unlimited access for $30
  • Monthly unlimited access for $3
  • 1 TB blocks for $7

We continuously update the Usenet Deals page as competitors release new pricing, so check back often to see what’s new.

Black Friday 2017

Black Friday Usenet Deals

Black Friday is upon us once again, and we’re ready!

Our Black Friday deals go live at 9AM EST on November 22 and will run until we reach our predetermined allotment for each deal.

Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to see:

  • Unlimited Accounts for $4/month or $45/year
  • 50 GB Blocks for $5
  • 500 GB Blocks for $15
  • 2 TB Blocks for $55

You can find all of the deals on our Black Friday page.

Want To Know About Future Promotions?

Join our Terabyte Tuesday mailing list if you want to be the first to find out about Terabyte Tuesday and our other awesome promotions. We respect your privacy… so no spam, ever.

 

Happy Holidays from the team at NewsgroupDirect!

New Unlimited Account Pricing

For over a decade NewsgroupDirect has provided the best usenet access in the world. Now, we’re making it even better. Our unlimited usenet plan is available in 3 tasty flavors, at our best prices ever.

Our new pricing for unlimited usenet is as follows:

  • 1 month: $7.95
  • 6 months: $40
  • 12 months: $75

As always, our unlimited plans come with the best features.

  • 50 SSL Connections
  • Ghost Path VPN Access
  • Over 3,300 days of binary retention

Feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions or need assistance with your NGD account.

April 2017 Terabyte Tuesday

Terabyte Tuesday from NewsgroupDirect

Terabyte Tuesday is here! This is your chance to buy our game-changing 1 TB (1000 GB) blocks for just $40. Terabyte Tuesday will last for 3 days, from 12 AM EDT on April 25 until 11:59 PM EDT on April 27.

How To Purchase

You can purchase here => Terabyte Tuesday

Existing block customers can login to our website and click Add Block.

Why Choose NGD for Your Usenet Blocks?

NewsgroupDirect blocks include access to all of our best features, including:

  • World-class Binary Retention (currently over 3,175 days)
  • Our blocks never expire, so you can stock up and not worry about losing what you’ve paid for
  • Our blocks are shareable. Split purchases with your friends to pay even less
  • Our blocks include free headers, no more using your data allowance for headers.
  • Discounts on Ghost Path VPN access
  • Industry-leading customer service

Want To Know About Future Promotions?

Join one (or both) of our mailing lists, depending on your interests. We respect your privacy… so no spam, ever.

Join our Terabyte Tuesday mailing list if you want to be the first to find out about Terabyte Tuesday and our other awesome promotions.

Join our Happy Hour mailing list if you want to be notified about our lightning sales, where we offer a deep discount for a couple of hours, 3-4 times per month.

The Fine Print

The sale runs from 12 AM EDT on April 25 until 11:59 PM EST on April 27. No sale prices will be honored after the sale expires. The sale price is available to both new and existing customers. Sale only applies to 1 Terabyte accounts. You are free to purchase multiple 1 TB blocks if you choose.

Holiday 2016 Terabyte Tuesday

Terabyte Tuesday Holiday 2016

Happy Holidays from NewsgroupDirect! For the rest of 2016 we’re offering our famous 1 TB (1000 GB) blocks for just $40.

How To Purchase

You can purchase here => Terabyte Tuesday

Existing block customers can login to our website and click Add Block.

Why Choose NGD for Your Usenet Blocks?

NewsgroupDirect blocks include access to all of our best features, including:

  • World-class Binary Retention (currently over 3,050 days)
  • Our blocks never expire, so you can stock up and not worry about losing what you’ve paid for
  • Our blocks are shareable. Split purchases with your friends to pay even less
  • Our blocks include free headers, no more using your data allowance for headers.
  • Discounts on Ghost Path VPN access
  • Industry-leading customer service

Want To Know About Future Promotions?

Join one (or both) of our mailing lists, depending on your interests. We respect your privacy… so no spam, ever.

Join our Terabyte Tuesday mailing list if you want to be the first to find out about Terabyte Tuesday and our other awesome promotions.

Join our Happy Hour mailing list if you want to be notified about our lightning sales, where we offer a deep discount for a couple of hours, 3-4 times per month.

The Fine Print

The sale runs from 12 AM EDT on October 18 until 11:59 PM EST on October 22. No sale prices will be honored after the sale expires. The sale price is available to both new and existing customers. Sale only applies to 1 Terabyte accounts. You are free to purchase multiple 1 TB blocks if you choose.

Today We Reach 3,000 Days Binary Retention

3000 days of binary retention

Today we have reached a new milestone in usenet performance. We have officially hit 3,000 days of binary retention. That means that no article posted in the last 3,000 days has been lost due to a lack of storage space.

Usenet feeds (the continuous flow of usenet articles being posted worldwide) have continued to grow in size over the years, requiring vast amounts of high-speed storage. Despite the ever-increasing costs we have committed to a policy of unlimited retention, which means that our retention will continue to grow indefinitely. Long gone are the days of deleting articles for the sake of storage space.

Just to put 3,000 days into context… that’s about 8.22 years or 100 months. Here are some fun facts about day 1 of our retention, August 15, 2008.

  • George W. Bush was President of the United States
  • Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal of the Beijing Olympic Games in the 200M Individual Medley
  • The Tampa Bay Rays were in 1st place in the AL East. 2008 was their first year as the “Rays”, they were previously the “Devil Rays”
  • Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” was the number 1 song in the US

Flash Sale

To celebrate this milestone we’re offering our unlimited usenet accounts (no VPN) for just $7/month. For block usenet users, you can get 500 GB for $20, a big discount off the regular price of $45. The sale runs today only until 11:59 PM ET.

How To Purchase

New customers:
To purchase the $7 unlimited account go to our Deal of the Week page.
To purchase the 500 GB block, go to our Pricing page.

Existing block customers:
If you want to purchase a block at the discounted rate then login to our website and click Add Block.
If you want to upgrade to the $7 unlimited deal then just email [email protected] and we’ll take care of you.

Why NewsgroupDirect?

NewsgroupDirect is the World’s Best Usenet provider. We have the best features in the industry, including:

  • World-class Binary Retention (currently over 3,000 days)
  • Our blocks never expire, so you can stock up and not worry about losing what you’ve paid for
  • Our blocks are shareable. Split purchases with your friends to pay even less
  • Our blocks include free headers, no more using your data allowance for headers.
  • Discounts on Ghost Path VPN access
  • Industry-leading customer service

Want To Know About Future Promotions?

Join one (or both) of our mailing lists, depending on your interests. We respect your privacy… so no spam, ever.

Join our Terabyte Tuesday mailing list if you want to be the first to find out about Terabyte Tuesday and our other awesome promotions.

Join our Happy Hour mailing list if you want to be notified about our lightning sales, where we offer a deep discount for a couple of hours, 3-4 times per month.

The Fine Print

The sale runs until 11:59 PM EDT on November 1. No sale prices will be honored after the sale expires. Current unlimited accountholders are not eligible for the $7 unlimited account.