Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Smileys Turn 29

Indeed it's true, our dearly beloved smileys and emoticons were born nearly 30 years ago, when Scott Fahlman posted a message to an electronic computer-science department bulletin board at Carnegie Mellon University:

It was probably the first intentional use of ASCII smileys... and we all have to thank him for it.

Today, as we all know, emoticons surround us in nearly every messaging platform: from the Gmail chat emoticons to the iPhone emoji keyboard.
And we better get ready... as next year's 30th smiley anniversary should prove to be quite an occasion! :)

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