Emoticons

This Smiley Is From 1648. Kind Of...

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech

In 2009 a transcript of Abraham Lincoln provided the world's oldest example of a smiley - 1862. That record appears to have been blown completely o...

Why I'm Giving Up Emoticons for New Year

Sal Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

I think I hate net speak. Text emoticons. Reductionist acronyms. Lazy abbreviations. Smiley faces. I want to kill them all. Or should that be slash slash backslash them right up their colons?

Text Slang: The Next Generation

Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Tech

Once upon a time, at the dawn of text messaging, a simple C U L8R was the height of slang sophistication. Today, with texting the most popular way ...

Emoticons Are Older Than You Think

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Tech

The emoticon - created by the modern world to express and add emotion to the sanitised language of digital communication, right? No actually. Th...

Emoticon Yourself

Jade Conroy | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Tech
Jade Conroy

The emoticon got cool again. The simple and cheeky communicative zeitgeist that is the smiley face of the 21st century is no longer confined to the realm of teenage girls (perhaps because social media is no longer confined to the realm of teenagers).

The Meaning of Your Emoticons on Twitter

Alex Davies | Posted 14.12.2011 | UK Tech
Alex Davies

While you probably have a good idea about the meaning of the basic happy and sad emoticons, :) and :(, what do people mean when they use others such as :/, <3 or ^_^? It's likely you have a vague idea of what feeling they represent, but can you really be sure?