IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a protocol that lets you communicate in text based chat rooms over the internet, and is basically what we all used to use in the 90’s before Twitter or WhatsApp. Think of it like multi-player notepad.

Most folk don’t even know it exists, but many technical people (especially those in the free software community) use IRC to facilitate discussion and development with people around the world.

I quite often use my Known site to share links with people over twitter and facebook, but to do the same with folk in IRC I’d have to paste the link by hand, and, well… I’m lazy. So I wrote a plugin!

One particularly handy thing you can do, combined with my command line API tools, is that you have a quick way to post from system services or internet connected (IoT) devices… but I’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader.

Known IRC

The Known IRC plugin adds the ability to syndicate short messages and share links to one or more IRC channels.

Once activated and configured, you will be able to syndicate out to IRC straight from your site.


There are a couple of limitations of course…

  • IRC only lets you have one nickname per network (freenode, efnet etc), so if you sit on IRC as well, use a different nickname. Also consider registering this name with nickserv (the plugin supports nickserv passwords)
  • The plugin doesn’t perform a persistent login (for various reasons), therefore it’ll join, post and then leave the channel.

» Visit the project on Github...

I do a lot of my day to day work on Github, as you may have noticed. So, to be a good #indieweb citizen, I figured it’d be nice to be able to at least comment on tickets from my own site.

Thankfully, Github has a pretty comprehensive API, so it turns out that doing this was pretty easy. So, I wrote a quick plugin for Known…

Github ticket and comment syndication

Install and activate the plugin in the usual way, and once enabled, you will have the ability to reply to comments and create tickets on Github. This is particularly useful when using the Known browser extensions (like my Chrome plugin).

To create a new ticket, make a reply to a plugin’s issues page, and to create a new comment, simply reply to the comment thread.

Let me know how you get on!

» Visit the project on Github...

A client asked me to poke around on, a social networking and microblogging platform, which also serves as a reference implementation of their API.

Since the best way to understand an API is to start using it, and since I try my best to be a good Open Source citizen, I put together a basic stub of a Known plugin for it.

This plugin provides basic syndication support for status messages and long form posts, and serves as a useful starting point for more exciting integrations.

Anyway, have a play, comments and pull requests to the usual places!

» Visit the project on Github...