Support via Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
IRC is a sub-space of the Internet.
IRC Networks such as Dalnet and the Undernet provide
a means for real-time chat.
Each network consists of a number computers, called servers,
that are linked together to propagate chat around the globe.
Chat is split up into channels, which are similar to AOL chatrooms.
A channel doesn't exist until you join it,
then if you hang around for a while someone with the same interests
may join and chat.
This is a great way to meet bipolars from around the world.
There are IRC clients - the program you run on your computer -
for almost any operating system.
This is a sampling of the available programs:
- mIRC for Windows.
- IRC-II for UNIX, LINUX, and other UNIX-like OSs
- pIRCh for MAC
My intent is not to explain how to use IRC or any client.
The clients you may download often have pulldown menus
to help you see a list of channels and join one that interests you.
IRC-II requires that you are comfortable with command-line interfaces,
but it is far more powerful than the Windows clients.
Modified December 7, 2002