Scott Fahlman calls them ugly. He can, because he invented them. Emoticons. The word itself is a outbound of the age of technology. A mixture of “emotion” and “icons”.
Scott Fahlmann, professor and computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, wanted to express humor in a very short and written way, in the moment he first used an emoticon.
It was September 19, 1982. 11:44am precisely, as he sent an email on an online electronic bulletin board.
According to the Independent the text was: “I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways.“
That’s it. History now.
Find a list of some of the obscurer emoticons after the jump/below…
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Final words Mr. Fahlmann?
“”I think […] they ruin the challenge of trying to come up with a clever way to express emotions using standard keyboard characters.” [source]
What do you think? Your opinion and emoticons below, please…