Smileys Celebrate 25th Anniversary :-)
Today it's been precisely 25 years since the appearance of the first smiley, without which no Web talks are possible.
In early 80s, when Web communities were rapidly developing and BBSes were full of discussion topics, the first forum visitors quickly felt the lack of emotions in text messages. ASCII didn't provided for speech intonations of live communication that so often define the very sense of words.
Thus, the idea that came to mind of Scott Fahlman from Carnegie Mellon University on September 19, 1982 was truly revolutionary:
Today we use lots of various smileys that help us reproduce all kinds of emotions. But the initial two, the forefathers, are always the most popular. Happy smileys anniversary everyone! :-)
Source: SCS of Carnegie Mellon University
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