Saturday, 20 September 2008

Scott Fahlman's Smiley

Yesterday it was 26 years ago that Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Scott Fahlman proposed the use of :-) and :-( which he thought would help people on message boards to distinguish serious posts from jokes.

The original message board post from which these symbols originated was posted on September 19, 1982. It was retrieved in 2002 by a team of computer specialists seeking to validate the claim.

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