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And it all started with a :)

by Tris Hussey on July 13th, 2007

We all use emoticons in IM and other electronic conversations.  They’ve just become a part of how we express additional feelings.  How did they start?  Who was the first … here’s your answer:

That originated in a conversation posted to a CMU message thread dated September 16, 2020. Fahlman suggested the sequence :-) as a way to designate a post as one with humorous intent, presumably for the humor-impaired. Source: 25 Years Of The Smiley | WebProNews

Go read the whole interview with Prof. ScottFahlman on Yahoo!’s blog.  It’s pretty cool.  We go from text to pictures to pictures that move to pictures that move and make noise.  Ah the advancement of technology ;)

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