How to Chat
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a system of interconnected Internet servers that allows users to send messages back and forth to each other in real-time. It connects people from around the world and brings them together in the same virtual room. People who would not otherwise meet due to geographic, age, and physical differences are able to connect mind to mind and share their thoughts and interests.
Personal computers use programs such as mIRC and PIRCH. WebTV's IRC program is built in, and many WebTV users create their own IRC chat interfaces. When you use an IRC chat with WebTV, your name will be the same as your e-mail name. Without a special chatserver and interface, you cannot change your nickname unless you change users.
There are many places on the Internet where you can chat. Here at Chat4TV, WebTV users can begin by selecting an interface on our Chat page. PC users can find information about how they can connect with their own chat programs, too. For our WebTV users, Net4TV Voice's chat editor Diane Dumas has dozens of links to many chat sites and servers on dianedumas.com.
Tips For Chatting
The one thing that you have to remember is that the Green Text on your screen is actually coming from real people. If you'd like your chat experience to go well, try to give people the same sort of courtesy you would in "real life." Going into a chat for the first time, it's a good idea to feel the room out when you first get there. When you pick up on the topic and the conversation you may even be asked to join in. The smaller rooms that have fewer people are good places to start. These rooms don't scroll as fast as the bigger rooms and give you a chance for some one-on-one conversations.
Now The Fun Begins
Once you have joined the server and room of your choice, you're ready to chat! Here is a list of commands that you can use navigate any chat server.
This is the command to change rooms. If you want to visit another room, put the room name in after the # to go there.
To chat in the room, just type your message into the input box and press "Enter." It will appear on the screen in the room and all of the chatters in the room will be able to see it. Keep your messages fairly short, a couple of lines at most, and they'll be easier to read and follow. Putting in entire paragraphs can trigger the "flood control" on a server and cause you to be disconnected.
/msg name Hello!
This will allow you to send private messages to people in the chat room. This is a great way to invite people to whereever you are in chat. This is called a private message or a whisper because only the person you send it to can see it. On WebTV's interface, you can also pop up the "whisper" box, and many of the custom WebTV chat interfaces have their own "message" boxes, too.
/me is really enjoying the chat today
will look like this on the screen:
KittyKat15 is really enjoying the chat today
This is a cool way to indicate that an action is taking place. Doing this will make the text on the screen of what you said turn a different color and stand out from the rest. If your nick is "KittyKat15," an example of this would be:
Using this will tell you who is in the room with you by displaying a list on the screen.
This function is a person checker. By typing this command an a person's name, you could see a little info on them. On WebTV you might see something like this:
Outrage69 is Outrage69
You can use this command to see if your friends are on the chat server, even if they're not in the same room with you. If they are not on the server, you will get a "User not found." message.
Chat Terms and Language
If you're new to chat, it might seem sometimes that the people in the chatroom are speaking a foreign language. But it's really just abbreviations for some frequently-used terms, and some "emoticons" for facial expressions. Here are some you may come across:
- Laughing out loud.
- Rolling on the floor laughing.
- Be right back.
- Away from keyboard (when someone leaves their chat client connected, but isn't "really" there.
- Private message (also "whisper").
- Kiss on the cheek.
- TY, thx
- Thank you, thanks.
- yw, yvw
- You're welcome, you're very welcome
- :-) ;-) :-D
- "Emoticons" showing smile, wink, and a laugh.