There are more people using Mastodon today than any IRC network. Just think about /that/ one.
I have the facts to back it up
Look for yourself. Trust me, there's no "big networks" in hiding besides Freenode. And that's 80k users. Mastodon has about 130k as of this writing.
@Elizafox that #fact is amazing! It's incredible it's surpassed the total number of #IRC users in a very short time.
@Elizafox Do you mind if I post this to Twitter? Trying to convince people to leave the site, and this is great motivation. 🙂