Unofficially, yesterday (September 19) has marked the 25th year anniversary for the smiley : – )
(I am typing it with spaces so that the smiley can show its real face…)
Nowadays we seldom have a chat session, without using the smiley. There are numerous variations of the smiley (a.k.a. emoticons), which are used to express our emotions. I sometimes used to wonder about the origin of the smiley. Today I got the answer, after reading this article from CNN.
Almost every instant messenger converts a predefined variation of smiley to its corresponding icon. Without the smiley we would just be using something like (smile) or (wink), instead of 🙂 or 😉 . How boring that would be? Even though Scott E. Falhman is not officially the inventor of the smiley, nobody else claims that honor… So we can safely assume him to be the first one to use it.
So let us all wish our own sweet 🙂 many happy returns and I am sure that the smiley is immortal.