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?
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
Approximately 1400 days
Varies by newsgroup
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.
Follow us on Twitter (@newsgroupdirect) to see our Interesting Newsgroup of the Day. Every day we will choose an interesting text discussion group and bring it to the world’s attention. There are so many wonderful conversations going on that we feel it is our duty to help spread the word.
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.
If you aren’t following us on Twitter at @newsgroupdirect, then what are you waiting for? We use our Twitter account for everything from announcing blog articles to customer support. Or you can just hit us up and start a conversation, we love talking with our users.
We’ve just launched a new feature on our website, our Usenet Guide for Mac Users. This guide gives Mac users everything they need to know to get started with usenet. Be sure to check it out and let us know if you have any other tips to add to it.
If you’re a Comcast or RCN cable internet customer, you’ve already lost or will soon lose your free access to Usenet.