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Chat

Chats are added to Web sites in much the same way as forums and newsgroups, with a few important twists. The important difference between forums and newsgroups and chats is that forums and newsgroups are asynchronous forms of communication, meaning they are not in real-time. Chats, on the other hand, involve people talking together in real-time.

IRC Protocol

Unlike newsgroups, chat gateways are browser specific. Although Internet Explorer comes bundled with a chat client, MS Chat, Netscape does not currently offer such a tool, so Netscape users must install another software client and access the chat manually. In both cases, users may want to use software such as mIRC, Ircle, or Pirch, as these packages are very feature-rich.


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