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The Digital Smiley Face Turns 25 Today : )

Can you believe that the cute little smiley emoticon which we've all grown to love turns 25 today? According to The New York Times, on Sept. 19, 1982, professor Scott E. Fahlman was the first to use the three infamous keystrokes—a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis, to create a horizontal smiley face in a computer. He used it during a discussion about the limitations of online humor.

And from that, the smiley face was born as a way for computer users to convey a positive feeling and gesture through digital means. The : ) symbol has since been transformed into a yellow bubble smile like the one shown here for use in IM's and emails.

Thanks to TeamSugar cageyme for letting us know about this momentous day!

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
Happy Birthday SMiley!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
happy birthday :)
Leopardcc Leopardcc 8 years
I♥ :)
Phil Phil 8 years
Happy birthday smiley!!! :) You rock!
millarci millarci 8 years
I saw this on the news today. It made me :) (smile). I love the emoticons. But sometimes I overuse them a tad. LOL! Happy Birthday, Smiley! :)
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Happy Birthday Digital Smiley Face! *throws confetti* And you're just two days younger than me!
leann421 leann421 8 years
happy happy birthday smiley! :)
jdots24 jdots24 8 years
:) :P
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Wow! I can't believe the smily face is 5 years older then me! I use these all the time :) :D
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 8 years
hehe i love these little things!!
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