Tribute to the Smiley Face
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

:-)

I seriously overuse the "smiley face" when I am sending emails or instant messages. I just love the little thing! (And, I tend to use a lot of sarcasm, exaggeration, and teasing when writing my friends, so the :-) is the only way I know to communicate that I'm typing with a smile.)


Happy Birthday little friend! :-)

Twenty-five years ago, Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman says, he was the first to use three keystrokes — a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis — as a horizontal "smiley face" in a computer message.

Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982, during a discussion about the limits of online humor and how to denote comments meant to be taken lightly.

"I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-)," wrote Fahlman. "Read it sideways."

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1 Comments:
Blogger Gombojav Tribe had this to say:

Wow! I wouldn't have thought there was a lot of online electronic communication in 1982!

When I got my first email address in 1992 I was the first of my friends to have an email address. of course that severely limited who I could actually email.

September 18, 2007 at 6:45 PM 


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