Originally Posted by roofus
What's the difference between an IRC client and an IM client like Verichat. If you have an IM Client is an IRC client of any value?
IM tends to be a controlled environment with communications among people who already know each other. IRC is a much looser environment with communications among people who don't know each other, but may have a common interest. Think of IM as a town hall meeting, and IRC as a wild-west saloon. Usenet falls somewhere in-between.
I've found worthwhile IRC groups devoted to digital photography, FireFox programming, the Pocket PC, computer tech support, and Flash programming. The vast majority of the IRC groups are a waste of time.