Definition of newsfeed in The Network Encyclopedia.

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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.