:-) Turns 25

The smiley is a quarter century old. We use it in our emails and handwritten notes without a second thought. It smoothens the tone and emotion of sentences. From it, a long list of other emoticons evolved. The ingenuity of Professor Scott E. Fahlman’s simple colon-hyphen-paranthesis has transcended boundaries and languages to become universally acceptable. The smiley has brightened many a days and many a faces. Our lives have never been the same since. Here is a toast to 25 years of fun and a wish for another 25 more. Cheers!

Digital ‘smiley face’ turns 25 – Yahoo News

DANIEL LOVERING, Associated Press Writer

PITTSBURGH – It was a serious contribution to the electronic lexicon. 🙂 Twenty-five years ago, Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman says, he was the first to use three keystrokes — a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis — as a horizontal “smiley face” in a computer message.

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Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

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