IRC chat will allow you to converse with friends and relatives, no matter how far away, quickly and easily. With IRC, you can make new friends around the world, or get up to the minute reports on world events from individuals on the scene. The topics of discussion are extremely varied, as are the manner in which they are discussed. Best of all, the software is simple to install and use, and you can be up and running in just a few minutes with some simple instructions.
This site will explain the basics of using IRC software, but much more in-depth and advanced information is available. You can find links to many sources of IRC information at Klink Net Communications' site. Additionally, an IRC FAQ is included with most popular IRC software to help answer your questions.