Frequently Asked Questions about IRC
FAQ - Chat
On the Internet, Chat means IRC. IRC, which stands for Internet Relay Chat, is a method of communicating with others on the Internet in real time. Host (server) computers throughout the world provide the programming to support IRC. Users connect with one of these servers to start their IRC sessions.The conversations take place in channels, which can be thought of as talking among a group of people.  When you use IRC, you join one or more of these channels. Within each channel, you can "talk" with all of the other users who are on the channel at that
time. There may be times when you want to send a private message to another user in a channel, and this feature is also available. Each IRC user specifies a nickname when connecting to an IRC host. Most users pick somewhat fanciful nicknames, so you might join a channel and find a conversation between "roo" and "Jumpy".

Presently the most popular Windows IRC program is a freeware program called mIRC. You can download a copy of mIRC by clicking
here.  More information is at the mIRC Homepage and the mIRC FAQ.

Other IRC programs are ircle or Homer for Macs and IRCIIWIN or WinSock IRC Client for Windows machines.

Follow the program's instructions to connect to an IRC server. In the U.S., the three most popular servers are,, and can enter /help and it will respond with assistance.

To join a channel, type /join #channelname.

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