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Happy birthday: The emoticon turns 30 years old today

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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: 83   +7

  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,175   +1,840

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

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,439   +459

    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: 1,007   +102

    8) Awesomesauce
     
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Booster Posts: 417   +74

    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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  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,775   +72

  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: 7,175   +1,840

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

    Camikazi TS Enthusiast Posts: 432   +76

    There is a reason the word "recorded" was in that comment :)
     
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  14. Eddi3e

    Eddi3e TS Rookie

    This actually makes me feel young haha. Yay I am younger than the emoticon :):):)
     
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,175   +1,840

    If you are younger than 30 you shouldn't need something like this to feel young. You should wait a few more years (somewhere around 20 more) before you think about your age. Heck even then you shouldn't dwell on your age. It will turn your hair white (that is if you don't loose it first)! :p
     
  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,023   +268

    Yep, age is but a number. 62 feeling 19 if that :)
     
  17. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,023   +268

    And if you're viewing this thread on an iPad , & many more
     

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