IRC is an open, cross-platform chat standard. Clients are available for all OS's, and even some cellphones. Chat takes place in chatrooms, which are normally shown preced by an octothorpe, so #bloggercon is our room. There are various different IRC networks, so you will need to enter the network we are using as well, which is irc.freenode.net
Try clicking on this link:
If that did work, you'll be in the chatroom. If not, you need to get a chat client program.
If you downlaod and install the Mozilla browser, you can type in the URL above and get straight to the chat. They have versions for Windows, Mac & Linux:
There are plenty of Windows IRC clients; HydraIRC and mIRC seem to be fairly popular
http://www.hydrairc.com Instructions to connect:
mIrc instructions: http://joi.ito.com/joiwiki/HowToUsemirc
On the Mac, Snak and X-chat Aqua are popular, with Conversation coming along. http://www.conversation.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ Instructions: 1. download it and run it 2. enter irc.freenode.net into the server name, and your nickname into the nickname field. 3. once it connects, click on the 'channels' tab 4. Click the '+' button, enter #bloggercon and press return 5. Double-click the #bloggercon line - the room should open
I won't presume to advise Linux people, as they all have a favourite IRC client and know how to use it already.
As a reminder, the server to enter is irc.freenode.net. The channel is #bloggercon.
I've brought kevbot over from #joiito to herald people from there.