19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-) From: Scott E Fahlman
I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use :-(
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 95 01:06:54 -0400 From: "Scott E. Fahlman"
To: Don Z'Boray Subject: Re: smileys Yes, I am the one who first suggested the use of the :-) and :-( glyphs in E-mail and bboard posts sometime around 1981. People were making sarcastic comments in posts, others were taking them more seriously than they were intended (no body language on the net), and silly arguments were breaking out. So I suggested on one of the CMU bboards that people explicitly label comments not meant to be serious with a :-) glyph. Very quickly this idea spread all around the world and others started creating clever variations on the theme. The awful term "emoticons" is much more recent. Unfortunately, I didn't save the original note. I post things like this all the time, and never guessed that this one would make history. Cheers, Scott ================================================================== Scott E. Fahlman Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Principal Research Scientist Phone: 412 268-2575 School of Computer Science Fax: 412 268-5576 Carnegie Mellon University Latitude: 40:26:46 N 5000 Forbes Avenue Longitude: 79:56:55 W Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Mood: :-) ==================================================================