They had their own IRC network running and wanted to connect to the Finnish network.They had gotten the program from one of Jarkko's friends, Vijay Subramaniam—the first non-Finnish person to use IRC.These clients communicate with chat servers to transfer messages to other clients.
In November 1988, IRC had spread across the Internet and in the middle of 1989, there were some 40 servers worldwide.
In August 1990 the first major disagreement took place in the IRC world.
The "A-net" (Anarchy net) included a server named eris.
The very first server list presented, from February 15, 1993, includes servers from USA, Canada, France, Croatia and Japan.
On August 15, the new user count record was set to 57 users.