Slack is quietly, unintentionally killing IRC

March 24, 2015


Slack, the messaging tool for business that’s changing the way people talk at work, is gaining traction in areas that even the company itself didn’t anticipate: it’s quietly killing Internet Relay Chat (IRC).

For many years, IRC was the chat solution of choice for communities looking to collaborate on open source projects or discuss a topic of common interest. Slack is slowly replacing IRC in many places, even though it’s not exactly set up to work for giant public rooms.

The internet has started adopting it as the new standard, whether Slack likes it or not.

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