IRC to this day is still a very strong platform however it’s been replaced by numerous other social media instances that have reduced IRC from it’s million of users down to a few tens of thousands. Since i’ve been on IRC since 1996 it is my duty to try and keep IRC going.
My server is open and free to use, it has no rules other than respect others.
A list of chat applets based on different platforms will help you to connect to my IRC Server. I ain’t encouraging you to bypass school, business or any other departmental firewall but for those who want to chat one of the many applets I host will allow that.