It’s official, Mike Jones Scott Fahlman was the first to suggest the use of the smiley. The jury’s still out on whether to thank him or not. They’re useful when you want to denote humor or sarcasm, but messages can (and do) get misinterpreted in spite of them. I also find myself using them too often in emails. I’ve found that with enough imagination I can almost always find another way to phrase the sentence that doesn’t require using one, but that takes time. I guess my conclusion is that the use of smileys promotes lazy writing. (Thanks scott)


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  1. Yay for smiley’s !!! I’ll get back to you later on about Phil.He lives tomorrow but I can tell you that I did break up with him.More later :)

    Comment by Tammie on September 13, 2002 @ 8:11 pm
  2. Wow, long time no see :)

    Comment by dan on September 13, 2002 @ 9:04 pm
  3. Actually, it was Scott Fahlman from CMU. Mike Jones was the microsoft researcher who found the original post. Read the thread where the post was made, it is an interesting conversation.

    Comment by scott on September 14, 2002 @ 11:06 am
  4. Oops. I meant Scott Fahlman.

    Comment by dan on September 14, 2002 @ 3:24 pm

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