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IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. It is used to chat in near realtime and predates instant messaging (see this). has an IRC channel at #freeculture on

Learn how to join Free Culture's IRC channel using gaim.

Here a tutorial about how to use IRC with irssi and screen.

If you use MacOSX, read a tutorial for installing and using Colloquy. When it says to join #adium, join #freeculture instead.

There's also an extension for Firefox called Chatzilla

If your school attempts to block IRC, there are ways around an IRC block.

Get software

  • gaim - Official gaim website
  • XChat - Official