Yesterday was the 25th birthday of the digital smiley face, which was invented by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University to help express humor in computer messages.
The smiley face, formed by the characters : – ) viewed sideways, was the first-ever “emoticon.”
According to the Associated Press, Professor Scott E. 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 online humor.
“I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-),” wrote Fahlman. “Read it sideways.”
And the rest was history.
Today, there are dozens of different emoticons used in e-mail and text messaging to communicate everything from happiness to sadness to anger.
On Boyslife.org, some of the emoticons are automatically converted to images.
🙂 😀 🙁 😮 😯 😕 😎 😡 😛 😐 😉 😆 😳 😥 👿 😈 🙄 ❗ ❓ 💡 ➡
See if you can figure out how to make these in the comment section, and then post your favorite emoticons.