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General info about chatting on the net

Chatting is a popular Internet feature used by thousands of people around the world to keep in touch with friends and family without building up large telephone bills from long distance calls. This document will give you a quick outline of how you can participate in this activity.

QC Chat

You can chat with other Internet users in the Quad-Cities area using QC Chat. Simply point your browser to http://www.QCChat.com/, provide a chat nickname, click the Login button, and you are on!


One of the earliest forms of chatting was IRC, short for Internet Relay Chat. While it is not as intuitive as the other chat options available today it remains one of the most popular. To use IRC you first have to download a program called an IRC client which gives you the interface you need to the chat server you are connecting to.

For more information go to IRC Help.

Java chat

Java chat is often more desirable than IRC as it does not require you to download a seperate program. If you have a Java enabled web browser (such as the latest version of Internet Explorer or Netscape) then all you need to do is point your browser to the proper web site and the chat application loads itself automatically. Listed below is a short list of the more popular chat sites. You can find others by doing a search for java chat in your favorite search engine.


ICQ is an extremely popular messaging and chat application with millions of users. It allows you to chat with other ICQ users, send quick notes and messages, transfer files, be notified when another user signs on, and more. For more information go to the ICQ home page.


AIM is the acronym for AOL Instant Messenger. This program works quite similar to ICQ except that it is integrated with America Online so that people on AOL can chat with people not on AOL. For more information go to the AOL home page.

Other Chat Features

Other chat options exist such as Yahoo Messenger, Microsoft Messenger, Telnet, MUDs, Netmeeting, etc. We recommend doing web searches for more information on what chat areas are available to you.

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