Emoticons: Are A Bit Moody

Smile 3DWe users of the Internet and computers are involved in a lot of electronic communication in our lives every day. We do so in emails, text messages, online chats, etc. But did you ever wonder if you’re using this media to communicate as well as you could? You know, showing interest, not boring, and a little well placed levity. If you want to make your communication more interesting, give emoticons a try.

Wikipedia.org defines emoticons as follows:

“An emoticon (/ɨˈmtɨkɒn/) is a pictorial representation of a facial expression using punctuation marks, numbers and letters, usually written to express a person’s feelings or mood.

Emoticons are often used to alert a responder to the tenor or temper of a statement, and can change and improve interpretation of plain text. The word is a portmanteau word of the English words emotion and icon. In web forums, instant messengers and online games, text emoticons are often automatically replaced with small corresponding images, which came to be called emoticons as well. Emoticons for a smiley face :-) and sad face :-( appear in the first documented use in digital form.”

Here is a link to an emoticon dictionary you might find interesting, funny, and a bit moody. Check it out. Then, start showing your “moods” and your sense of humor in your messages.

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2 responses to “Emoticons: Are A Bit Moody

  1. Pingback: Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 10, 2013 | Bill Mullins' Weblog – Tech Thoughts

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