New Feature: Block Purchases Through WorldPay

We’ve got an exciting new feature to announce. We are pleased to now offer the ability for our block account customers paying with WorldPay to be able to purchase new blocks at any time. Credit card block accounts have been able to do this for a while, but now it’s open to everyone.

To purchase a new block, just login to your account on our website. Click on the “Add Block” button on the right-hand side of the screen and choose how many GB you want to purchase.

Usenet, Circa 2004

Hop in your Delorean, set the clock to 2004, charge up the flux capacitor, and zip back in time. The usenet world has changed dramatically in the last 5 years. Here’s a quick rundown of how much the usenet industry has evolved in the last 5 years.

  • In 2004 the industry standard for retention was around 20-24 days, a minute number compared to today’s nearly 500 days.
  • In 2004 most providers allowed for a maximum of 4-8 connections. Today you can get at least 20 connections.
  • In 2004, NewsgroupDirect was a new kid on the block, just getting started. Today, NewsgroupDirect is the most innovative provider, offering the best experience and service for our customers.

Any predictions on what the industry will look like 5 years from now?

Delorean

Retention Update – 480 Days

Our amazing retention growth continues! NewsgroupDirect retention is now at about 480 days for binary groups. Our retention has been growing daily for months, and we’re continuing to set new records daily.

Binary Retention Details:
480 Days available through message-id
300 Days available through header downloads
Varies by newsgroup

Text Retention:
Approximately 1400 days
Varies by newsgroup

The Free Account Giveaway Is Back!

We’re doing it again. We’re giving away a free unlimited usenet account. Our first free account giveaway was so successful that we decided to bring it back for an encore. This time we’re taking a slightly different approach – you can simply enter your information here and we’ll randomly draw a winner. So tell your friends, tell your family, tell nobody… just make sure you enter for a chance to win a free unlimited account.

The contest will begin at 12AM CST on Friday, Dec. 18 and end at 12AM CST on Saturday, Dec. 19. Current customers are not eligible for the giveaway. The free account will be for a term of 1 year. We will use random.org to select the winner on Saturday, Dec. 19. Only 1 entry per household.

Friday Twitter Giveaway

Hold on to your hats kids… NewsgroupDirect is going to give away a free unlimited usenet account today. All you have to do to enter is tag a tweet with the hashtag #newsgroupdirect. You can enter multiple times, so every time you tweet the hashtag #newsgroupdirect you will be entered in the drawing.

The contest will end at 12AM EST on Friday, Dec. 11. Current customers are not eligible for the giveaway. The free account will be for a term of 1 year. We will use random.org to select the winner on Saturday, Dec. 12.