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The First Smiley Used On A Computer


Emoticons, combinations of characters used to express emotion, are an important part of the Internet and how people communicate in the sparse text only environment of e-mail and instant messaging.

The first occurrence of the "Smiley" was found to be on September 19, 1982 when Scott E. Fahlman proposed its use, in a Carnegie Mellon bulletin board posting, to indicate a joke. "I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-)," wrote Fahlman at the time. "Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use :-(."

Finding the first emoticon was a project initiated by Mike Jones, who works in the systems and networking research group at Microsoft.

Source: CNET News

Posted:  2002-09-13  1:55:32 PM

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