Emoticons - The 30 Year Celebration

The first emoticon ':-)' was conducted on September 19th, 1982.

Wow, 30 years of digital emoticons!

Creator Scott Fahlman’s original proposal was posted on the ‘Carnegie Mellon University computer science general board’ on September 19th, 1982 at 11:44.

The historical post read:

“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


Hip, hip, hooray!

Wednesday, 19. September 2012