I am excited to announce the 0.1.0 release of Perpetually Talking Online. PTO is an IRC frontend to the Matrix protocol. This is the first release of what started as a small side project and has recently become surprisingly relevant.
Matrix is a modern decentralized communications protocol with some cool things like server to server federation and native HTTP/JSON format among others. The big use for it right now is building a federated chat network. The most featured client out there right now is Vector which is a web-based client.
PTO is similar to Vector in that you can login to a matrix account, join channels, and say hello. However, it speaks IRC instead of HTTP. This lets you join the Matrix network with the same IRC client you're already using now.