BITNET Relay, also known as the Interchat Relay Network, or Relay, was a chat network setup over BITNET nodes. It pre-dated 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 in a rudimentary multicast way, so messages would travel hop-by-hop along the network of servers. Bitnet Relay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Profile :: CareerCtr
IRC was created in 1988. 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
/I-R-C/ n. [Internet Relay Chat] - IRC provides a way of communicating in real time with people from all over the world. It consists of various separate networks (or "nets") of IRC servers, machines that allow users to connect to IRC.
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