Live Election Chat

Later today, NewsBusters will host its first ever live chat for the 2006 elections. To take part, you'll need to download and install a program capable of accessing IRC chat servers.

For Windows users, we recommend Trillian which can be downloaded here. Mac users should try Colloquy which can be downloaded here. Linux users likely already have a favorite so I won't suggest one immediately.

The goal here is to move as much of the discussion into an instant form that allows everyone to talk in real time about the election, and to shift a lot of the non-media bias chat into these places, thereby easing the load on our web server for everyone.

The chat server is now live. It's available at To connect, make sure you have the program recommended above for you.

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