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Mailing Lists and Newsgroups enable asynchronous or time-independent discussions on the Internet. Participants can post and read messages at any time. They don’t have to be taking part in the discussion at the same time. “Live” or synchronous discussion is accomplished through either Internet Relay Chat (IRC) or Web-based Chat. Both approaches use the same underlying technology but have different appearances. To use IRC, for example, you type commands to connect to an IRC server or hold conversations with other people. For Web-based Chat, you use your Web browser to navigate to a chat room and click on buttons to join the conversations. For the purposes of this book, we are focusing on Web-based Chat. For fuller information on IRC, look at http://www.mirc.com/irc.html.
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