Internet Relay Chat (IRC) turned out to be 30 – and it probably changed our lives


In the late 1980s, Farrar's computer scientist Janco O'Connier had a really interesting idea: what would happen if the internet was accessible to the internet, could people write real-time messages together? Of course we will get it today, and he even sounds rudimentary (no video? No voice?), But back in the day, it was amazing. Okarinin developed a single solution of texture developed in 1988 and the world never looked.

For the first time I was 19 years ago. I went to the LAN café, which had long gone to my father, along with most parts of the world. I had the chance to be directly on the Internet directly, for the first time and my dad created an email address (I still have). I went to the multiplexed network website as it was pretty much the only one I knew. But as I returned to the home, moreover and eventually our house was installed on the Internet, I did more and more online.

Among them, I have quite enjoyed something called Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, and its probably the most famous software client, mIRC. You can go to different surveillance rooms and talk to all kinds of people, which was just awesome at that time. Some rooms were geographical, such as "London" or "Ireland", while others "playing" or "sex" (including just once or twice); Some crazy funny, others were downright strange. You can play games such as trivia, leave messages, send files to your friends – well, the IRC is an ancestor of today's messenger. As it happened, IRC has recently changed its status as a genuine Internet legend.

The IRC is an open protocol based on the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and optionally by Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. The IRC server can communicate with other IRC servers to expand the IRC network. People could use it to share peers' consent.

For thirty years, technology and age for a long time were not of course IRC. If you're talking about someone over half an age, you're probably supposed to struggle to explain why it was a thing – but the IRC is still very alive. Even though your favorite channel may not be around, there is a tremendously high amount of servers and channels.

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But the IRC's golden days are almost sure.

It is unclear that its userbase has been steadily declining over the years. As of April 2011, the largest IRC network served more than 100 million customers. The use of IRC is continuously decreasing since 2003, lost 60% of its users (from 1 million to 400 thousand in 2012) and half of its channels (from half a million in 2003).

The IRC is no doubt a part of modern and alive history.

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