Benefits of Newsgroups – The Difference between Newsgroups and Mailing Lists
You must have seen different forums on the Internet where they discuss something specific, say Windows, computers, or health etc. These forums, however, require you to register before you can participate and are generally closed and limited when searching for solutions to your problems.
Unlike those forums, newsgroups are forums that are meant for discussions. You need not register with the newsgroups as most of them are public – meaning anyone can subscribe to them. Some newsgroups are local. You’ll need an ID and password to get through. You can opt for newsgroups on your favorite subjects – politics, lifestyle, health, and, literally, anything.
Newsgroups are very different from mailing lists. When you send a message to a mailing list, only the people listed in the mailing list get your message in their individual inbox. On the contrary, when you post to a newsgroup, any person subscribed to the newsgroup can view your message, either online or using a newsreader.
A newsreader is a program that helps you read the newsgroup posts in a better way without you having to stress out on navigating through different posts. Your Windows Live Mail newsreader carries a feature whereby you can choose some or all of the posts in any topic of the newsgroup.
IMPORTANT: To keep people interested in your newsgroup posts, do NOT reply directly to each and every person in the discussion. Your response will always be visible in the group. Most people do not want unwanted and duplicate information. In such cases, people prefer going to the website instead of having spam in Windows Live Mail.
CAUTION: If you are feeling down (due to depression, alcohol, or anything else), keep off newsgroups and networking sites. You never know what you will post and you may ruin your reputation and goodwill.