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Short for Internet Relay Chat, a chat system developed by Jarkko Oikarinen in Finland in the late 1980s. IRC has become very popular as more people get connected to the Internet because it enables people connected anywhere on the Internet to join in live discussions. Unlike older chat systems, IRC is not limited to just two participants.

To join an IRC discussion, you need an IRC client and Internet access. The IRC client is a program that runs on your computer and sends and receives messages to and from an IRC server. The IRC server, in turn, is responsible for making sure that all messages are broadcast to everyone participating in a discussion. There can be many discussions going on at once; each one is assigned a unique channel.



For internet.com pages about IRC, . Also, check out the following links!


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Outstanding Page DALnet IRC network home page
DALnet provides various Internet Relay Chat (IRC) products and services. This page provides links to information on DALnet, server listings, IRC software, and services. Updated on Nov 7, 1997

Outstanding Page Internet chat links
Provides a comprehensive listing of Internet chat related sites including chat rooms, discussions, and home pages. Updated on Jun 3, 1997

  Beyond the Browser: IRC, MUDs and virtual worlds
CNET feature article (November 13, 1997) on the basics of IRC, MUDs and virtual worlds. Includes detailed information on each, including what software is needed and how to use them. Updated on Jul 4, 1998

  Internet Relay Chat - Undernet IRC network
Contains useful information on real time communications via the Internet and links associated with the Undernet IRC network. Updated on Feb 26, 1998

  IRC help site
Offers links to download IRC FAQs, primers, help files, Requests for Comments documents, and an IRC Opguide. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

  IRC primer resources
A comprehensive set of links to IRC information including commands, getting started, frequently asked questions, and administration information. Updated on Aug 2, 1998

  IRC student project paper
Contains a brief explanation of IRC along with detailed sections on IRC implementation, types of messages, applications based on IRC, and recent developments and problems. Updated on Dec 10, 1997

  mIRC Bot FAQ
This FAQ answers questions related to written bots/scripts for the Internet Relay Chat Client mIRC.

  Scripts and Bots for the IRC Client mIRC
Constantly updated site with the latest bots, scripts, and add-ons for the Windows IRC Client mIRC. Also contains information on how to operate mIRC and other resources. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

  Visual IRC '97 resource guide
Source for information about Visual IRC that includes news, download information, and scripts. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Yahoo!'s IRC Bots page
Yahoo!'s directory of IRC Bots. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Yahoo!'s IRC channels page
Yahoo!'s directory of IRC channels. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Yahoo!'s IRC page
Yahoo!'s directory of IRC. Updated on May 9, 1998

  Yahoo!'s IRC software page
Yahoo!'s directory of IRC software. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Young Basic Programmers Club
The Young Basic Programmer's Club contains a Visual Basic FAQ, programming tips and questions, information on IRC, links to related sites, and membership information. Updated on Apr 18, 1998

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