"Savvy traders are using an antiquated Internet protocol to share ideas, gossip and boost their profits. Take a hint from these Wall Street cybergeeks--the Internet can empower investors of all kinds like never before. One of the most interactive and unique applications available is Internet relay chat (IRC). In the past three years, IRC has emerged as a battleground for the day trading revolution. Particularly attractive is the ability to instantaneously communicate and exchange information and insight with thousands of other day traders. Unlike popular web-based message boards at Yahoo! and Silicon Investor, IRC offers real-time chatter with no rules and few limitations. Day traders in particular relish the speed and anonymity IRC allows."