How to Use IRC Chat Rooms With Pidgin

Mnemotechnics.org now has a 24-hour IRC channel where you can chat about memory techniques with other people. You can chat directly through this website, but it’s easier if you join the chatroom with an IRC program like Pidgin.

This post is a tutorial on how to login to the Mnemotechnics chat channel with a free program called Pidgin. Pidgin also lets you login to Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Facebook Chat, Jabber, AIM, and many more at the same time.

First, download Pidgin. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac, though Mac users might want to try Colloquy instead.

Creating an IRC Account

Start up Pidgin, and find the “Add account” button. Use the following settings:

  • Protocol: IRC
  • Username: use your forum username, or create a new one
  • Server: irc.mibbit.com

It should look something like the image below, but with your username instead of mine:

Pidgin: add new account

Pidgin: add new account

Add the #mnemotechnics Chatroom to Your Buddies

On your Pidgin window, find the “Buddies” menu:

Pidgin: add chat

Pidgin: buddies

Then find “Add chat”:

Pidgin: add chat

Pidgin: add chat

Add #mnemotechnics as the channel. If you want to always stay logged into the chatroom in the background, check the boxes for “Autojoin when account connects”, and “Remain in chat after window is closed”. If you want, put the text, IRC, in the “Group”, so that it’s easier to find the chatroom in your buddylist.

Pidgin: chat settings

Pidgin: chat settings

Your buddy list will then look something like this:

Pidgin: buddy list

Pidgin: buddy list

Double-click on #mnemotechnics to open the chat room.

Be aware that the chat room may open up in a background tab like in the image below:

Mnemotechnics channel in a Pidgin tab

#mnemotechnics channel in a Pidgin tab

To permanently remove the tabs, see the section on preferences, below.

Once you have the #mnemotechnics IRC channel in the foreground, it should look something like this:

The IRC chatroom

The IRC chatroom

Pidgin Preferences

Check the settings and plugins options in the menu to customize Pidgin. I like to disable the tabbed chat and show Pidgin in the system tray, as shown in the image below.

Pidgin preferences

Pidgin preferences

If you have any questions about using the Mnemotechnics chat, please leave a comment below. The chatroom is open 24-hours per day, and there are also scheduled online events.

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