Alive and well! Although it is true that the service has witnessed a rise and fall over the last few years, the Usenet is still very much alive. Honestly, when we talk about something being dead that means there’s no way to resuscitate it back to life, which is pretty much impossible for the Usenet unless all its many servers are shut down. In fact, so long as two servers still share NNTP connections then the Usenet is alive, despite how much traffic there is in it.
Yet one major indicator of the Usenet’s life is the fact that providers still invest in it, offering paid customers larger retention times and bandwidth limits, faster speeds and more security. And since we’re on security, the Usenet is still one of the safest alternatives out there even when compared to torrent websites, since not only is it decentralized but it uses SSL connections too, not to mention that sometimes, you’ll even get a VPN in the bargain. Given that personal and digital privacy is something that seems to decrease with every passing day, the Usenet actually has a strong value in this regard.
One of the reasons people were abandoning the Usenet was the huge amount of spam that was going around in there. However, even after over 30 years since its creation, there are thousands of new articles posted everyday in several different newsgroups, which in turn have also evolved over the years and are even used by big corporations to provide extra support to their customers.
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