What are some alternatives?
When comparing Textual and console.chat, you can also consider the following products
irssi - Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems.
Terminal on FB Messenger - Take control of your terminal through Facebook Messenger
HexChat - HexChat is a fork of XChat with bug fixes and new features.
Chattt - Easily chat with people from your terminal 👨💻💬
mIRC - mIRC: Internet Relay Chat client
Sysop Chat - Chat like it's 1995.