Monday that it is adding Internet chat to its home page under a three-year
licensing pact with Ichat
develops Internet chat software.
EarthLink, a national Internet access provider with 140,000 customers, will become, within the next few weeks, the first national ISP to
add chat capabilities to its
Web site. It also becomes Ichat's largest customer.
Ichat works as a plug-in to Netscape
Communications' Navigator 2.0 browser, and allows
users to access Internet Relay Chat, making it the first Web-based system
for accessing IRC.
Sky Dayton, EarthLink's 25-year-old chairman and founder, said the goal is to
improve customers' experiences on the Internet so they will continue to use
the access service. "Ichat's revolutionary approach will bring chat from the
fringes of the Internet to the mainstream," he said in a prepared statement.
Other recent Ichat licensees include Match.com and Toronto-based The Gay
Exchange. Web sites already using Ichat include MetaTools
University, Treasure Quest,
Harborside, and TheIdea.
Chat system makes talk
Market a tight squeeze for
ISPs find niche with