On this day, thousands of people gathered in a few EF-Net IRC channels to communicate with the world about a major event. EF-Net is the first and still one of the largest IRC networks in the world, as in the past, channel #news quickly became a mass of users working together to report live information and help however they can. In the past events like war (in the Gulf War), and those like Lady Diana's fatal accident, have caused people to get live news in masses and REALLY communicate globally in chat, often when news websites or services are bogged-down or dead because of the sudden traffic increase. This global medium and channels like #news continue to be a valuable service. This day's events brought us channel #cnn which also took top channel ranking at the time.