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How to connect to our IRC chatrooms

When you're watching a Marathon, there's usually a chatroom next to the broadcast. If you wanted to stay connected to the room, you'll need to keep that webpage open. While this may work out just fine during a stream, there's usually activity in the chatroom long after the fundraiser has ended. Many ideas for our Marathons (among other things) are kicked around in the chatroom long before anything is made official. We're always looking for feedback and ideas (as well as just more conversation) so here's how to connect to our chatrooms without having to leave a Ustream or Twitch.tv page open.

Both Ustream and Twitch.tv utilize chatrooms built on IRC-- that means you're able to connect to these rooms using a standalone IRC client. I'd personally recommend Xchat, although you can use any other program you'd like such as mIRC or Colloquy (for Mac OSX).

(In general, while we try to maintain a presence in both chatrooms, there's often more activity in the Ustream chat. I'd recommend trying to connect to that one should the Twitch.tv chat be inactive.)

 

Connection information for Ustream

Set your nickname to whatever you want it to be in the chat (or whatever your username is on Ustream). Add a new network and use the following settings to connect to the ExtraLives.org Ustream IRC:

Server: c.ustream.tv

Channel: #extralives-marathons

Server password: Whatever your Ustream account password is.

Note: Ustream does allow unregistered users to chat so if you don't have an account and you set your nickname to something nobody else has registered, you don't need to input a password.

When properly set up in Xchat, your settings should look similar to this:

 

Connection information for Twitch.tv

Connecting to our Twitch.tv chat via an IRC client is much the same process. Add a new network and follow these steps:

Server: extralives.jtvirc.com

Channel: #extralives

Server password: Whatever your Justin.tv or Twitch.tv account password is.

Note: Twitch.tv does not allow unregistered users to chat so you can't leave the server password field blank, nor can you set your nickname to an unregistered name.

When properly set up in Xchat, your settings should look similar to this: