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At one time most chatting was done on porches or over a back yard fence Butnot any more Now you can talk to anyone anywhere in the world anytime youwant without paying a dime in long distance phone chargesHow can you do this Let us count the waysIRC is a network service designed with the Internet in mind It allows two or morepeople to talk to one another live These chats are carried on by typing instead oftalking The network transmits a message from one typist to the other people inthe conversation Any or all of them can then type in their responsesIRC is simple to use if you know how and were going to teach you how First youneed a computer thats linked to a network with an IRC Server A server is acomputer on a network that stores files for and fulfills requests from othercomputers on the network If you have an Internet connection you are alreadyon the largest network in the world and you have access to many many IRCIRC client software is the next thing youll need Thats the software on yourcomputer that will let you chat over the Internet Here are a few examples of IRCmIRC is an excellent IRC client You can download mIRC atTIP Dont just blurt out a message the moment you join a channel although itdoesnt hurt to say Hello People in that channel might be carrying on aconversation and you might interrupt them Wait a few moments to see if there isa conversation going on Manners are just as important on IRC as they areanyplace else If you are polite about it youll find the other people on IRC willhelp you learn all the tricks of using IRCYou can start your own channel by using a channel name that is not in usealready When you start a channel you get channel operator status which meansyou can make your channel a public private or secret
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