Phoenix Allows users to connect to any IRC chat channel from within the viewer interface.
Phoenix users may wish to use this feature because it provides
“IRC” is a chat protocol that has been in use for over 30 years, (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Relay_Chat ) It is basically a way to uniformly organize messages to allow people to communicate with each other.
Here are the basic principals.
If Bob wishes to talk to Alice on an IRC server, they both connect, and join the same channel. Any chat sent to a channel is distributed to every user also in that channel. Optionally, there is also a method for Bob to send a direct message to Alice that does not pass through a channel, and instead goes directly to her. More Info on Channels
A channel can be thought of as a second life group with only the chat feature. All users in the channel who are online can talk to each other in it. To create a new IRC channel, nothing is required, you simply make up a name for your channel, and join it. If the name has not already been taken, you will be the only one in the channel. To join an already existing IRC chat room, simply specify the same name that someone has already joined, and you will be added to it.
How to use IRC in Phoenix Viewer
Phoenix Chat room info
More information on servers
You can either use one of the free servers available, (see this page for a basic list http://www.mirc.com/servers.html)
If you have a server of your own, and wish to host a IRC server, there are many free applications to allow you to do this. (such as this http://www.unrealircd.com/ ) Passwords
A Note About Security
*There is not any!!!*
With that in mind.. if you are a company.. and you want to set it up through a special employee.. you might be able to. ;)