Wednesday, September 08, 2004

20 Year Archive on Google Groups

Many of you already know about Google and Google Groups, but here's a page with many "firsts" on USENET like "May 1981 - First mention of Microsoft [on Usenet]". Click this post's heading to visit the site.

Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 800 million messages dating back to 1981. This is by far the most complete collection of Usenet articles ever assembled and a fascinating first-hand historical account.

We compiled some especially memorable articles and threads in the timeline below. For example, read Tim Berners-Lee's announcement of what became the World Wide Web or Linus Torvalds' post about his "pet project". You can find more in-depth information about the archive here.

We would like to thank the following archive donors: J├╝rgen Christoffel, Bruce Jones, Kent Landfield, Henry Spencer, David Wiseman.

Enjoy your trip back to the golden age of Usenet.