Guides to internet chat

Submitted by martin on 25 January, 2009 - 5:29

For some webchats, we use IRC. For this you need a small bit of software: Pidgin - or, if you have a Mac, Adium - or, if you're connecting by smartphone, IRC for Android (for Android) or IRCCloud (for iPhone).

It is also possible to connect to IRC via a web browser at It takes you to the IRC service by default. You type in a nickname (of your choice) and captcha text (which is there to fend off spammers), and select chatroom, or channel, #wlsite.

This is a technically more complicated way of connecting - like using a helicopter to go to the supermarket - and more subject to glitches (usually "time-outs") than using one of the IRC apps.

Download and install one of the programmes

Set up the programme to connect to server (This as an IRC server, not a website. You don't use a browser - Internet Explorer, Firefox, or whatever - to connect to it. You use your IRC programme, Pidgin, or whatever). You choose a username - something like Joe1917 (numbers so that it doesn't duplicate another username already on the server), but not Joe Soap1917 (with a white space).

Setup is especially easy for Pidgin, which offers you as the default server.

Once connected to the server, choose the command "Join channel" or "Join chat room" to join channel #wlsite.

As easy as that. One little warning: if you mistype the name of the channel, e.g. as #wliste, then you won't get an error message, because the programme thinks you're setting up a new channel with that name, #wliste. Only there's no-one else on that channel.

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