November marks a new milestone for leading Usenet providers. As services like Newshosting, UseNetServer, Astraweb and more pass 1,200 days of binary retention. Some users have come to expect the continued growth in Usenet retention as many large providers spool daily. Yet the achievement is no less impressive. As Usenet fans or perhaps fanatics we tip our glass to those continuously improving the experience. Both in terms of retention growth and overall value (cost, reliability, performance and new, innovative features).
It’s hard to believe we have access to over three years of binary retention. At 1,200 days you can access newsgroup posts from 3 years and 3 months ago. As 1,200 days ago was August of 2008. In comparison Giganews was the clear leader in retention at that time. Completing their upgrade to 240 days (eight months) of binary retention in September of 2008. Times have certainly changed since then as a number of leading Usenet providers are within 10 days of each other now. All with nearly 40 months of binary retention and growing.
The value offered by Usenet providers has also changed quite a bit since 2008. With services offering unlimited Usenet for $10 or less a month rather than $20-$30 a month. Not only has the cost dropped significantly. The services themselves are much improved. Including SSL encryption, better reliability / performance and extra features like newsreaders, Usenet search, online storage and VPN access. All for under $10 a month.
We’ll see you right here in 100 days as we all help celebrate 1,300 days of binary retention. Then in 9 months we’ll happily help celebrate 4 years of retention. Until then continue to enjoy all the advantages of Usenet. Visit Newsgroup Reviews to learn more about Usenet retention. Follow us @NewsgroupRevs for the latest offers.