Emoticons, used since 1982

Do emoticons make you 🙂 or 😦 ? Whether you like them or not, you probably see emoticons — a portmanteau of “emotion” and “icon” — on a daily basis and thus, can appreciate the history of these quirky communication symbols. Here’s a little explanation, which we thought appropriate since today marks the 30-year anniversary of their first use.

On September 19, 1982, Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, posted the first documented “emoticons” (a happy face and a sad face), formed with a colon, a hyphen and a bracket.

(via. http://mashable.com/2012/09/19/emoticons/