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What Sorts of Topics and Information Can I Find in Usenet Newsgroups?

Anything and everything. For example, if you are interested in the Chicago Bulls basketball team, you should browse the alt.sports.basketball.nba.chicago-bulls newsgroup. Practically every major, professional and college team has a newsgroup. If you are a fan of Garth Brooks, then you can meet other fans on alt.music.garth-brooks. There are newsgroups for most stars of music, stage and screen as well as politicians and other well-known individuals. There are newsgroups about TV shows, movies, science, cooking, gardening, pets, hobbies, items for sale or wanted, and available jobs.

Want to do some research? You can post a message and tens of thousands of people around the world will read it. For example, if you are researching your family origin, you might want to post a message with a summary of your family history on one of the many genealogy newsgroups such as soc.genealogy.surnames.usa. Or suppose you need help configuring Windows 95 networking; just post a question on comp.os.ms-windows.networking.win95. The chances are good that someone will know the answer.

Can I Get Pictures, Music, and Programs?

Yes! This is one of the most exciting uses of Usenet Newsgroups. There are thousands of newsgroups devoted to sending binary files with pictures, music, executable programs and even movies. If you want pictures of celebrities, check out alt.binaries.pictures.celebrities. Somewhere in the set of alt.binaries... newsgroups you can find pictures of virtually anything.

Warning: picture images in the "alt.binaries" groups" are often of an adult nature.