:-) Turns 25!

posted on 19th of september, 2007

Well, not me. Smiley face.
Today is 25th anniversary of SMILEY FACE!

Scott Elliot Fahlman is a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He is credited with originating the first "smiley" or "emoticon," which he thought would help people on a message board at Carnegie Mellon to distinguish serious posts from jokes. He proposed the use of :-) and :-( for this purpose, and the symbols caught on. The original message board post from which these symbols originated was posted on September 19, 1982. It was retrieved in 2002 by a team of computer specialists seeking to validate the claim, which is still disputed.

This was the message:
19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-)
From: Scott E Fahlman

I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:
© Elnur (Help)
Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark
things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use
(Source: wikipedia.org)

Let's smile today a little bit more! :)

Comments (10)

Posted by Cwmgary on September 20, 2007
I wonder who invented the wink? ;-)
(Can you even see the semicolon in this type face?)
Posted by Dhavatar on September 19, 2007
Wow, my photos is here. :D
Posted by Maigi on September 19, 2007
Posted by Hotduckz on September 19, 2007
Posted by Fotogeek on September 19, 2007
Posted by Maigi on September 19, 2007
:) thnx
Posted by Tangie on September 19, 2007
I smile every day..wide broad honest smile, but here is one especially for this area :)
Posted by Ladyminnie on September 19, 2007
cool to see my photo here ;)
Posted by Icyimage on September 19, 2007
here is a smile and from me. [imgl]2958763[/imgl]
Posted by Sebcz on September 19, 2007
:) !!!

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Photo credits: , David Hsu, Elnur, Ramona Smiers.

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