Definition of newsfeed in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Newsfeed?

Information sent from one Usenet host to another to replicate newsgroup listings and content. Newsfeeds are an essential part of the Usenet architecture; they allow news servers all over the Internet to exchange lists of newsgroups and messages. Usenet newsfeeds come in two types:

  • Push feed:
    Initiated by the remote host. This type is usually used when the newsfeed is very large.


  • Pull feed:
    Initiated by the local host. This type gives the local host more control over what to download.


The host that provides the newsfeed is called the inbound host; the host that receives the newsfeed is called the outbound host.


Microsoft Exchange Server supports downloading Usenet newsfeeds through the Internet News Service.