Internet Relay Chat
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Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of realtime internet chat that has existed since 1988. For fandom, it is significant because it was available at a time when more modern chat programs weren't, because it is usable by people with a wide variety of computers and internet connections, and because it serves as a distribution channel for fansubs and other fanworks.