IRC, ICQ and message

Posted on 2002-05-18
Last Modified: 2008-07-03
Hi Experts,

just 2 simple quesitons:

1) any difference between IRC, ICQ, and instant_messaging?

2) if someone used some sort of software and sent out spams, but some recipient email addresses were incorrect, where would those spam emails go? I mean, victims wouldn't get them because of incorrect addresses, the spammer him/herself wouldn't get them coz he forged his/her return in the end, where would these spams go?

Question by:ken021600
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ICQ/MSN/AIM/Yahoo is instant messaging, which is you have your friends in a list, and can send them instant messages.
IRC is alittle different, since there can be many servers connected simultaneously, and sometimes this may cause lag, or slow traffic. since one user can be on a server on a slow network, which may take several seconds/minutes before you get a message, unless they are on the same server as you.

Spammers who send mail to a incorrect mail address with incorect reply address will just timeout after a couple of hours/days.... it will just be deleted since it is trying to resend to a unknown email address..

in another word, the spam mail will just enter oblivion :)


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Thanks for your help.

so what about ICQ? can you make a comparison between ICQ, IRC and instant messaging regarding their functionalities? (i mean, it seems they all do the same thing... when should i use this one, and under what circumstance i should consider another one?)


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IRC is a place where you just talk to persons.. new or people you know from before, and or if you are looking for discussion rooms, you can find lots of resources there on allmost everything, linux, windows, movies.. music etc etc

icq have this nice feature that you can add your friends in a list, and send them messages instantly, you do not need to look for them, and you see when they are online or offline

IRC can be slow, and sometimes the messages wont reach theire destinations at all, if there is too much lag, or there was a netsplit

some people might look at these programs as potential virus places, but it wont be any problems ifyou have setit up correctly, and or you got a firewall

on IRC everyone can see your IP address


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Thank you.

See you next time,

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