Long before there was Whatsapp, Slack, or Snapchat, IRC was the program for online chatting. And, it’s not dead yet.
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) was born in 1988 to help people message each over over the pre-web internet. While many other programs have become more popular since then, such as Whatsapp, Google Allo, and Slack, IRC lives on primarily in developer communities. Now, IRC developers are updating the venerable protocol to revitalize it for the 21st century.
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