July 5, 2007

Yahoo! Celebrates 25 Years of The 'Emoticon'

The year 2007 marks the 25th anniversary of the emoticon, which was first introduced in 1982 and is now a popular symbol in digital communication.

As the first person to use this form of non-verbal communication, Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University said, "When I first created the ':-)' text smiley face, I never thought it would take off the way it has. It started as a way to show humor to a community of computer scientists, but now, 25 years later, consumers far and wide have really embraced the emoticon in their non-verbal communication to show emotions like happiness, love and concern, especially while instant messaging. The smiley has come a long way."

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