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Usenet Timeline

By - January 10, 2005

Smart move by Google: Publish a 20 Year Usenet Timeline to promote the new Groups. Fun stuff. Slashdot chews on it here.

UPDATE: As my astute readers have noted, this is not new, though it is to me, and apparently to the initial posters at /.

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4 thoughts on “Usenet Timeline

  1. This is old news. Google originally posted this when they took Google Groups (the original one) out of beta, and announced the 20-year-archive.

  2. Andrew Gray says:

    I remember seeing this three years ago, and it’s been linked from one of their pages since then (and not notably updated, either). I’m not quite sure why it’s suddenly reappeared…

  3. The page even today has a 2003 copyright, and archive.org tracks it back to 12/12/2001. It *is* entertaining to read though.

    I was suprised that the Linux Annoucement (Oct ’91) was just 2 months after the WWW Announcement (Aug ’91)

  4. Many of the thread links seem to have gone stale now. Ex: The GNU announcement by Stallman thread