The Internet Relay Chat (
IRC) is a protocol for live interactive Internet text messiging or synchronous conferencing which is primarly designed for group communication in a discussion forms, called channels.
IRC provides a way of communicating in real time with both humans and machines from all over the world. It consists of various separated networks of IRC servers, machines that allow users to connect to IRC. IRC is very similar to text messaging, but designed around communicating with large groups of users/agents instead of one on one.