The Development That Made the Whole Web :) … “The Digital Smiley Face Turns 25”

30Sep07
clipped from thewrongadvices.com

Smiley Face Professor

Everyone has used the smiley face at one point or another, but do you know how its use started?Twenty-five years ago a Carnegie Mellon University professor named Scott E. Fahlman sent a message proposing the use of a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis as a joke marker. It is the earliest recorded use of the smiley face, which has since become ubiquitous with online communication.Love them or hate them, emoticons do provide a quick and easy way to show emotion in an otherwise detached medium.

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Dan’s The Wrong Advices Blog (www.thewrongadvices.com) posted this story. Constantly bombarded with flashing smiley face banner ads, I shutter at the mention of emoticons. However, this is a charming story about the first digital smiley face and I enjoyed Dan’s statement, “Love them or hate them, emoticons do proved a quick and easy way to show emotion in an otherwise detached medium.” You can find another interesting story on emoticons at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/29/fashion/29emoticon.html?_r=1&oref=slogin.

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