What’s the deal with the smiley faces? When people first started adding the happy faces it was a colon and parentheses, which took me the longest time to figure out why people kept typing a colon and parentheses after a sentence. I thought it was some type of code I didn’t know about. I thought I wasn’t intelligent enough to understand it! Then I realized it was a stupid smiley face. I couldn’t decide if I was annoyed of these tiny happy faces or if I liked them. Obviously I use them now, so I caved in to the popular little marvel.
I’d like to know the beginnings of the darned smiley face. I wonder if Wal-Mart made it popular or if it was the people first and Wal-Mart copied. Hmm, there’s some good food for thought! Yeah, right. Then everyone went nuts and started typing frowns and winks and tears :~( !!! And what’s this… :p …is the face sticking it’s tongue out? So new faces were running rampant and began appearing on e-mails throughout the world. All the while I was still trying to figure out how to implement the first one !
But the great thing about these small surprises is how it brings the e-mail you’re receiving to life. Seeing a miniature smiley face makes a note feel a little friendlier. It helps portray what the author really means a bit better. You understand they’re being sarcastic if they add a wink. If you get a tear you know they’re “really sad”. So I say include a little face at the end of your sentence… it may just be what the reader needs!