IRC is great in many ways: not centrally controlled, open specified, not proprietary, easy-ish to implement, and quite common in my circles.

It's also archaic, unpleasant to use, and a bit of a mess. But it's still the real time chat system I use the most, because that's where most of my friends are.

@liw I miss when I had an IRC channel with a bunch of my RL friends, pre-Facebook.

@liw As you probably know, is the modern replacement. Most of the upsides and few of the downsides of IRC

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