Sunday, October 16, 2005

First :-) ever

Geek-trivia: where did this :-) smiley appear for the first time?
Microsoft shows the contents of the "joke" thread on the CMU CS general bboard, where Scott Fahlman introduced the first emoticon/smiley to let people distinguish hilarious posts from the serious ones.
Here is the famous post:

19-Sep-82 11:44    Scott E  Fahlman             :-)
From: Scott E Fahlman

I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:


Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark
things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use


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