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Usenet is still useful

Usenet is still useful

Newcomers to the Internet may not be aware of some of the older elements of the Net that pre-date the Web. Despite its age, Usenet, for example, remains a useful if underused tool for charities in the UK.

Newcomers to the Internet may not be aware of some of the older elements of the Net that pre-date the Web. Despite its age, Usenet, for example, remains a useful if underused tool for charities in the UK.

In addition to the many charity-specific newsgroups or discussion fora, there is one general charity newsgroup which regularly features fundraising issues. Uk.community.voluntary aims “to provide a forum for the discussion of the activities of UK based charities and voluntary organisations.” You do not have to contribute to the discussions; indeed many users simply “lurk” and use the information posted by others.

Find out more from the UK Usenet Committee.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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