On September 19, 1982, Scott Fahlman posted the first documented emoticons 🙂 and 🙁 on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System.
The original message from which these symbols originated was posted on September 19, 1982. The message was recovered by Jeff Baird on September 10, 2002 and is quoted:
19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman 🙂
From: Scott E Fahlman
From one of our previous blog posts you might remember that the original smiley has been invented by the designer Harvey Ball in 1963 and also there are evidences, that emoticons have been used way back in the year 1881 by Ambrose Bierce. He was then working at the satirical magazine ‘Puck‘ and introduced __/! as a smiling mouth, the exclamation mark had to be appended, if the sentence or phrase written, was meant ironically.
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