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Happy birthday: The emoticon turns 30 years old today

By Shawn Knight
Sep 19, 2012
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  1. The sideways "smiley face", often referred to as the first emoticon, turns thirty years old today. Scott E. Fahlman came up with the idea during a bulletin board post on September 19, 1982 as a way to mark a thread...

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  2. Geforcepat

    Geforcepat TS Rookie Posts: 73   +7

  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,248   +1,549

    Hard to believe I was only 10 when emoticon was born. Where has all the time since gone? :(
     
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,370   +405

    Thanks for making me feel old. AGAIN... ;)
     
  5. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    I wasn't even a twinkle at that point, I find it hard to believe something so commonly used today (computer-wise) was founded before I was born! (88)
     
  6. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 974   +99

    8) Awesomesauce
     
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Booster Posts: 348   +54

    You kids LOL....
    I was in my 20's when this came along. And our idea of a smiley was a bright yellow
    ROUND sticker.
     
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      `/-.........--.......:...........-/` 
    `/..........-NN-.....oMs............/`
    +.........../MM/.....hMm.............+
    :-...........:MM-.....sMh.............-:
    +.............//......-o-..............+
    +......................................+
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    +....+o..........................s/....+
    :-....d/......................../h....-:
    +....-do.....................-sd-....+
    `/....-ymo-................-oms...../`
      `/-....:ymho:.........-:ohms-....-/` 
        -:....../shmmdhhhhdmmhs/......:-   
          -:-........:://:-........-:-     
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  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,710   +62

  10. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 281   +32

    (?_?) wow older than me
     
  11. The first recorded use of emoticons was 1881 by the way.
     
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,248   +1,549

    Right, you know for a fact it was not ever used prior to 1881.
     
  13. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Enthusiast Posts: 363   +57

    There is a reason the word "recorded" was in that comment :)
     
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