Happy Birthday Emoticon!

September 19th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Twenty five years ago, a Carnegie Mellon professor suggested the emoticons as markers for jokes and serious threads on an old school bulletin board system.


Professor Scott Fahlmann said in a post on the bulletin that the 🙂 emoticon was to mark a joking thread and the :-(_ was to marks a serious thread.  These were the first emoticons and now they have evolved into graphics, and hundreds of other expressions!

Given today’s sluggish news, I guess this is the most significant event today.  Besides, emoticons are mostly the only way we can communicate our emotions on the web.

 Yahoo’s emoticon list.