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10 points by pirer 1655 days ago | hide | past | web | 10 comments | favorite
Is it still what it used to be? Where do you spend that type of time now?

Yup: IRC is still very active. Maybe not the mid-to-late nineties craziness, but certainly still around.

I spend most of my time these days on private networks, but I'm also in #startups on Freenode. Lots of good conversation in there, and a lot of HN regulars.

No better way to find out than to give it a shot!

Maybe not what it used to be but still very active. I'm not on as much as I used to be but when I'm there I'm on Freenode #android-dev at least.

Used to always be on EFnet for Symbian chat but the best Android chat is on Freenode so that's where I go now.

Even though it's still very much alive and kicking... I wonder what medium has taken over IRC's popularity and on what merits? At least it hasn't grown at all, despite how much general internet usage has grown during the past 10 years.

Still big. Not quite as ubiquitous as it once was. I'd say there are far more people in support channels, and less people in purely social channels than was once the case.

Edit: Internet Relay Chat chat. Sorry. Couldn't help myself.

Yes, on Freenode and OFTC. Almost every significant open source project has a channel.

It's still going strong IMO. Quite useful. And not at all distracting ;)

Just avoid Freenode, the no fun zone.

#cat-v has all the fun in Freenode.

Forever idling on Gamesurge.

IRC is still alive and well.

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