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As Greg "wumpus" Lindahl explains: "it had a wildcard server line, so people were hooking up servers and nick-colliding everyone".

History showed most servers and users went with EFnet.

Once ANet disbanded, the name EFnet became meaningless, and once again it was the one and only IRC network.

IRC was created by Jarkko Oikarinen in August 1988 to replace a program called MUT (Multi User Talk) on a BBS called Oulu Box at the University of Oulu in Finland, where he was working at the Department of Information Processing Science.

Jarkko intended to extend the BBS software he administered, to allow news in the Usenet style, real time discussions and similar BBS features.

Jarkko got in touch with people at the University of Denver and Oregon State University.

They had their own IRC network running and wanted to connect to the Finnish network.

They had gotten the program from one of Jarkko's friends, Vijay Subramaniam—the first non-Finnish person to use IRC.

IRC then grew larger and got used on the entire Finnish national network—Funet—and then connected to Nordunet, the Scandinavian branch of the Internet.

Another fork effort, the first that really made a big and lasting difference, was initiated by 'Wildthang' in the U. October 1992 (it forked off the EFnet ircd version 2.8.10).

It was meant to be just a test network to develop bots on but it quickly grew to a network "for friends and their friends".

On August 15, the new user count record was set to 57 users.