Bitnet Relay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Profile. BITNET Relay, also known as the Inter Chat Relay Network, was a chat network setup over BITNET nodes.
It predates Internet Relay Chat and other online chat systems. The program that made the network possible was called "Relay" and was developed by Jeff Kell of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1985 using the REXX programming language. The Relay servers were connected so that messages would travel hop-by-hop along the network of servers until they reached their destination. Internet Relay Chat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Profile.
Client software is available for every major operating system that supports Internet access. As of April 2011, the top 100 IRC networks served more than half a million users at a time, with hundreds of thousands of channels operating on a total of roughly 1,500 servers out of roughly 3,200 servers worldwide. History  IRC was created by Jarkko Oikarinen in August 1988 to replace a program called MUT (MultiUser Talk) on a BBS called OuluBox in Finland. Oikarinen found inspiration in a chat system known as Bitnet Relay, which operated on the BITNET. IRC was used to report on the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt throughout a media blackout. It was previously used in a similar fashion during the Gulf War. Logs of these and other events are kept in the ibiblio archive. Technical information A screenshot of XChat, an IRC client for GTK environments.
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) Help - Profile. IRC.org - Home of IRC - Profile.