09 November 2012 18:38 | By Esther Tan, xinmsn Tech & Gadget
Online Messaging Platforms Over the Years

Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

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Created in 1988, IRC was one of the most popular platforms known for real-time Internet text messaging. It allowed for group communication in individual channels and also provided private messaging platforms for users to talk one-on-one. Some channels were more active than others, with some of the top 100 IRC networks having more than half a million users at one time.

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