IRC Information.....

History of IRC

IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, was first started in August of 1988, when Jarkko Oikarinen, an employee of the Department of Information Processing Science at the University of Oulu, had some spare time on his hands and tried to figure out a means of communication based on BBS (Bulletin Board System). His hope was to allow USENET news kinds of discussions and groups in addition to real-time discussions, but as we can see, IRC has outgrown all of his expectations. If you'd like to read more about how IRC started, in Jarkko's own words, visit this webpage or download this file.

The Undernet User Committee interviewed Jarkko during 1997, and you can read about this interview here, or download the file.

Many thanks to the Undernet User Committee for the use of these documents. You can find these and many more at the Undernet Documents Site.

To go directly to the webpages that show these texts, visit here:
    Jarkko Oikarinen History of IRC
    Jarkko Oikarinen Interview