Thursday, June 18, 2009

Maldivian IRC use diminishing....

Well...to tell the truth...I started using IRC in October 2002...

This blog post is my response and experience in using the IRC chat system...

During those days of late 2002 I started to chat for the first time...It was in IRC...The nick I used was nahyz and I was in #lock and #kotari most of the time...

In December 2002 I started to use MSN too...

From what I know the #kotari was created by a group of Maldivian students who were studying abroad...The channels' created date is 22 October 1997...Just about to be an year when internet came to Maldives through an ISP(it was October 1996 that internet service was started by Dhiraagu....however internet was accessible in Maldives even before that time by using a data fax modem and dialing to an overseas internet service provider...However the price of doing this would be soaring )....

One should note that IRC use in Maldives started to grow...

But now it is fading away and the only actively registered channels in IRC is #kotari , #atolls, and #maldives ( that is it has the cservice bot @X )...The channels #lock, #Udhares, #Beach, #Holhuahsi, #Nemo, #Finimaizaan, #balaabodu, #Thebalaabodu, #Triton and #Ekuverin are the only channes I visit occasionally....I created one channel called #Bitun in 2006 and it was registered by ibu but it existed for a short time...

IRC use is falling very rapidly in Maldives and in the whole world too...Chat systems like Mig33, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, E-Buddy, and ofcourse Skype is more famous now...Why?...Because IRC doesn't support extensions like video chat and voice chat...It lacks many features and cannot be considered as a Web 2.0 technology...

Well I was famed in IRC in late 2003 to early 2005...It reversed in 2006...Now I am seeing most of the channels in IRC empty...Maldivian channels especially....No more than 25 people are ever online at the same time in IRC...

It is sad that IRC use is diminishing...Not only in Maldives...Some analysts have estimated that IRC will not be an acceptable means of communication by the year 2020.... :(

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