The smiley emoticon is 25 today :-)

At 11:44am, 25 years ago today, the smiley was invented:

19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman πŸ™‚ From: Scott E Fahlman I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: πŸ™‚ Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use πŸ™

It’s nice to know the smiley is 25, but it’s also interesting that in 1982 Professor Fahlman thought that the internet was becoming clogged with silliness. I wonder what he thinks of it all now.

There’s a brief history of smileys here. My webcomic contributions to the silliness of the internet update twice a week here.

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