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Monday, January 24, 2011

Giganews Retention Grows to 900 Days – And We Aren’t Stopping

Giganews today became the first Usenet provider in the world to reach 900 days of newsgroups retention! Just two years ago, the best provider had 240 days of retention. That provider was Giganews.

Increasing retention by over 350% isn't easy, but we enjoy the technical challenge. More people than ever before are posting more discussions, photos, and other content to Usenet. Over the past two years, the Usenet feed has grown from 5 TB/day to 9 TB/day. A graph of the Usenet feed is below:

Usenet Newsgroups Feed Growth

The simple solution is to add more hard disks, and we certainly added thousands of those. Giganews also heavily invests in developing our software to handle such high retention levels. We want the fastest Usenet service, so we've designed our Usenet clusters to treat all retention equally. When you download from Giganews, the day-900 article downloads just as fast as yesterday's article. Our software makes this possible by spreading our newsgroup articles around and finding the fastest, best-performing source on our worldwide cluster. While some might try to match our retention, none matches our speed or reliability.

So please, enjoy the 900 days (and growing) of newsgroups retention we offer. As Usenet continues to grow, we'll continue to focus on providing the best access available.


Saturday, January 01, 2011

We've extended the Diamond lock-in pricing until March 31st, 2011

Due to overwhelming response, we're pleased to announce that we are extending the special $29.99 lock-in price for Diamond accounts until March 31st, 2011! After March 31st, the price of the Diamond account will increase to $34.99.

For existing Diamond customers, your price will NOT be raised. Whether you have been a customer for 10 years or one month, if you are a Diamond customer on or before March 31st, 2010 your Diamond price will remain $29.99.

Every Diamond account bundles the Mimo Usenet Browser + Search at no additional cost. By extending the Diamond lock-in pricing, we wanted to allow people time to experience some major improvements to Mimo over the next four months. The Golden Frog Dev team has planned the following updates to Mimo:
  • Significant functional and stability improvements to Mimo's engine
  • Major User Interface upgrades – a complete overhaul is planned for 2011
  • Advanced download queue prioritization and management
  • Much, much more
We are very excited about these improvements and hope everyone takes advantage of the special $29.99 lock-in price before March 31st, 2011, by signing up or logging into the control panel to upgrade now.

Again, current Diamond customers' price will NOT be raised if you are a Diamond customer on or before March 31st, 2010.

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