Thursday, September 20, 2012

Turning 30: Happy Birthday Smiley :-)

“I propose the following character sequence for joke markers :-) it has to be read sideways” , hence smiley was introduced to the world by Scott Fahlman who is a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA. It was on September 19, 1982 at 11:44 a.m. And frowny :- (  also born at the same time to indicate the matter that has to be considered seriously. The emoticon was proposed to distinguish between humorous emails and those intended to be taken seriously.
The three pieces of punctuation as smiley spread throughout the world in a lightning speed.. In 1990s, companies like AOL also started automatically converting emoticons into actual pictures. Japanese users have their own smileys. They call them kao maaku, or "face marks." Those can be understood without tilting one's head to the left. World of emoticons is expanding day by day. Some of them speak, dance, sing, cry, some wear sunglasses, hats and some are so angry that appear as if they explode in a second.
History speaks bit more about the smiley. US magazine Puck, in 1881 suggested set of sort-of smileys for joy, melancholy, indifference. Ambrose Bierce also proposed a smiley-style humor indicator called by the name “snigger point”. Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov also suggested about a special typographical sign for a smile.
Research carried out by Tyler Schnoebelen of Stanford University suggests that the simple issue of whether you include a nose in your emoticon - :-)versus :) - might even give away how old you are. Researchers also correlated the use of these smileys with length of tweets, use of proper spelling etc.
No matter what age the smiley reached, it fades away every upsetting thought and brings smile on one’s face. It may be the old people with wrinkles on their face or infants, smile doesn’t change. Smile is just the same and looks the same on everyone. Smile is the ornament to one’s face and smileys are the ornaments to the messages.
Happy Birthday Smiley. Spread the smile throughout the world.

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