Internet Relay Chat
A live chat area of the Internet in which real-time conversations take place via IRC software, ASCII commands, and channels. Each channel begins with a # and is dedicated to a different area of interest. IRC is considered one of the technologies of the Internet, along with FTP, Telnet, Gopher, and the Web. Because IRC requires special software and knowledge of technical commands, and because of its text-only environment, many people prefer to chat in GUI-friendly chat rooms found on the World Wide Web.
NetLingo Classification: Net Technology
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