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The grumpy history of the smiley emoticon

Genres / Sci Fi : io9

Scott Fahlman, computer scientist and typography genius, invented the smiley emoticon. But today's ubiquitous smiley had a few precursors. One involved a tongue, and the other involved Ambrose Bierce. Pick your favorite. Read more.....

We Hope This Is A 366-Year-Old Emoticon And Not A Typo

Humor : Huffington Post: Comedy

Emoticons might not be an invention of the computer age. They might be stowaways from a clever 17th century poet. It all depends on your interpretation of this poem published in 1648 by Robert Herrick. Levi Stahl, writer and promoti...

The Invention of the Emoticon :(

Entertainment / Books : The Millions

If you thought the English language went downhill when the emoticon was introduced, you can blame a 17th-century poet. Editor Levi Stahl found that English poet Robert Herrick used the first emoticon in his 1648 poem “To Fortune.” A...

Is This Smiley Face from 1648 the Very First Emoticon?

Genres / Sci Fi : io9

Depending on who you're talking to, emoticons have been adding drama to our typefaces since 1982, possibly even as early as the late 1960s. But was the emoticon actually invented 300 years earlier by an English poet? Read more...

The emoticon was invented 33 years ago today — here's the professor who created it

Technology / Technology Industry News : Silicon Alley Insider

Thirty-three years ago today, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University invented the emoticon. Scott E. Fahlman, along with other members of CMU's computer science community, used online "bulletin boards" to share information, make ...


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