Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Smiley: 25 Years Old And Never Looked Happier!

Smiley: 25 Years Old And Never Looked Happier!Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman typed twenty-five years ago: "I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers – :-)".

The suggestion gave computer users a way to convey humor or positive feelings with a smile -- or the opposite sentiments by reversing the parenthesis to form a frown. Language experts say the smiley face and other emotional icons, known as emoticons, have given people a concise way in e-mail and other electronic messages of expressing sentiments that otherwise would be difficult to detect.

"It has been fascinating to watch this phenomenon grow from a little message I tossed off in 10 minutes to something that has spread all around the world," Fahlman was quoted as saying in a university statement. "I sometimes wonder how many millions of people have typed these characters, and how many have turned their heads to one side to view a smiley, in the 25 years since this all started."