View Full Version : IRC or ICQ, Which one do you like & use?

02-05-2003, 11:21 PM
Which one is more popular , IRC or ICQ
IRC is popular among general chat lover.
What about among c programmers.

02-05-2003, 11:25 PM
prefer - IRC
use - ICQ / MSN - cos more ppl use it, and thats the point of communication.

02-05-2003, 11:39 PM
most of my friends use AIM, so I use that...
haven't been on IRC in a while...
haven't really ever used ICQ...

dP munky
02-06-2003, 12:12 AM
i asked about a cprogramming.com irc chat and none of the admins really seemed to pick up on it

02-06-2003, 03:50 AM
I used to be a big chatter on IRC, unfortunately it doesn't work if you're behind a firewall (firewalls usually don't allow ports used by IRC - 6667 +/- 10(?)) :(

Port tunneling might help, but I just don't busy myself with it :).

ICQ is much more clever, as it works without problems behind firewalls - it automatically detects and uses free ports. This feature should be implemented in IRC clients as well...

However, I don't use ICQ for chatting, mainly for sending - free - SMSes.

02-06-2003, 07:54 AM
I prefer IRC, but ICQ is cool too :P

Travis Dane
02-06-2003, 07:58 AM
IRC seems to act weird sometimes, Connection time-out and
such. I use IRC,ICQ and MSN.

02-06-2003, 09:16 AM

IRC and ICQ are different.
IRC is a chat protocol.
ICQ is most commonly used for instant messaging, but has some other nifty features.

Travis Dane
02-06-2003, 11:02 AM
Originally posted by valar_king
IRC is a chat protocol.

IRC has other excellent capability's aside from chatting. It's
second use is downloading.

02-06-2003, 11:18 AM
I use both IRC and AIM :-)

02-06-2003, 07:38 PM
I use MSN, somtimes ICQ, but with Trillian, you can use all of them at the same time, hehe

02-07-2003, 12:01 PM
One of the worst things in my life is ICQ...
IRC is a great resource for eveything, but ICQ is just a waste of time, and when char with friends, I use MSN messanger.

02-07-2003, 11:49 PM
yeah.. I know like all of you I know that IRC and ICQ is different.

ICQ: Instant Messanger (With other features)
IRC: Internet Relay Chat

My ICQ Number is: 53369075, I loved to use ICQ (1996-2001)

But few years ago, I found MSN IM as common among people I work with. It serves my purpose.
So, now I'm using MSN IM.

02-07-2003, 11:51 PM
Originally posted by Travis Dane
IRC seems to act weird sometimes, Connection time-out and
such. I use IRC,ICQ and MSN. That would depend on your client and the IRC server you're connected to

02-08-2003, 12:07 AM
I used to use IRC... not anymore though. I use ICQ and MSN w/ Miranda (miranda.sourceforge.net), or GnomeICU for ICQ when i'm on Linux. For those of you that use trillian, I think you'll like miranda.