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The meaning of any emoticon

November 14th, 2009

cool-text-emoticonsThe most asked about question for any smiley and emoticon expert is what is the meaning of X emoticon. If you are too a smiley pro, you probably know what I am talking about. This is one of the reasons I created the complete list of meanings and definitions for text emoticons. The list contains the meanings of almost all the smileys in the world, and is, no doubt, the best and most extensive resource in the field of smileys.

Some examples, and meanings of popular smileys:

The meaning of the emoticon :>) is a “Big nose smiling”

The definition of the smiley <3 is… a heart (you romantic folks, don’t forget to use it with your sweethearts!)

The definition for ((())) is… (That’s a tricky one… haha) Hugs!

And if you want kisses, forget about your plain old XOXO, and go for :-X for a big wet kiss or :-{} to blow a big kiss!

Check out the rest of the list today for hundreds of more definitions!


A couple of new facebook smileys

October 24th, 2009

If you are a huge Facebook fan, you probably already know about Facebook smileys and emoticons. In case you are not up to date with the complete list, be sure to check our complete guide for animated emoticons on Facebook.

And the news? 2 Recently updated smileys for Facebook for you to enjoy. Check them out:

  • The shark emoticon -  - Use (^^^) to embed
  • The Penguin emoticon – - Use <(”) to embed (Isn’t that a cool text emoticon by itself???)

And, btw, thanks to Peter Nichol for the tip!

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Making it big with Skype Emoticons

August 30th, 2009

skype-emoticonsEverybody knows that the cheapest (and by that we mean ‘not expensive’) way for voice chats is VOIP, and the most comfortable way, probably, to VOIP (is that a really a verb?), is using Skype. The thing is that Skype is much more than just a regular VOIP service. it is also a powerful IM client, which allows you to text message your friends, and of course – flood them with cool smileys and emoticons.

There are two main types of emoticons you can currently use in skype: Regular emotion smileys and flag smileys. Use this nifty skype emoticons guide for your reference.

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How to make really big emoticons in MSN Personal Message

August 23rd, 2009

Quite a lot of people are asking themselves this question these days. I wonder why. But anyway, here’s the trick:

  1. Copy this symbol into your MSN username or to your PM:        ⃡ ͋
  2. Put an emoticon or smiley (use your favorite, like :) ) in the middle of the symbol that you have just copied. It should look like this:        ⃡:) ͋

If you are still having trouble, check out this cool YouTube movie with all the explanation:

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Changing the grey Yahoo Answers smiley

July 29th, 2009

On of the questions that I get very often is about something which is not very much smiley-related. Some may even say that it is the exact opposite of being smiley related – it’s about getting rid of the grey Yahoo Answers smiley, and replacing it with an avatar or a personal photo.

First, What’s up with this grey smiley anyway?

gray-smileyOK, if you got to this page, you are probably familiar with the grey monstrosity. The default representation of a character or any user in the service is this grey smiley. Apparently, not a lot of user like their smiley. Quite a lot of them even despise it! Although we at quite like the image, we though it would be a good service for the community to tell you how eliminate this image, and replace it with a photo or anything else for that matter.

So, how do I replace the Yahoo Answers smiley face with a cool avatar?

Elementary, my friend, elementary. Here is the fool-proof system:

1. Create your Yahoo Avatar

yahoo-avatarsOK. Time to create your avatar or what we like to call ‘your face online’. Go to Yahoo’s excellent service Yahoo Avatars, and just begin the process. We are quite sure you will manage to create a wonderful image for yourself.

2. Edit your Yahoo Answers profile

In the service, go to your profile page, and edit it. The link will be on the upper right side of your screen. If you can’t find it, check the image below:

my profile

my profile (upper right side of the screen)

click on “use my yahoo avatar”, scroll down and click “preview”. If you are happy with the result, click “ok”.

3. Using your own photo in Yahoo Answers

Easy as lemon pie. If you don’t already have one, go to Yahoo Profiles and create a profile for yourself. Click on “change photo“, and then on “add photo”. Now, please select the image you want to use from your computer. Save and select the option to use selected photo. Congrats, you are done.

You are the proud non-owner of a new Gray Yahoo Answers smiley :)

Like smileys anyway? Check out the Cool Smileys in our website. You will find some of them are much cooler than the ones you are familiar with!


Twitter Emoticons – Yes, it is possible

June 17th, 2009

How to use emoticons and smileys in twitter?

Although you can not use graphic smileys and emoticons in Twitter (at least for now – wait for updates in this space), there is a way to game the system and use cool emoticons in Twitter. Here is a quick example:


So, how to insert emoticons to twitter messages?

Easy! Use the following chart, choose the text symbol you like (especially useful are the  ☹ and ☺, but thee are tons of other cool symbols you can use), copy the symbol and paste it in your message. It works!

If you are a heavy twitter user don’t forget to bookmark this page!

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The J Emoticon mystery

June 4th, 2009

Every got an email that had weird ‘J’ letters in it? Didn’t get it? Thought this was some odd emoticon, smiley or new internet shortcut that you are just not aware of?

You are not alone. A lot of people have asked me in the past – what does the letter J mean in emails? Why it is there? Is there a logical explanation that can make sense in this madness.

Here is my answer: The letter J is just how people that don’t use Microsoft Outlook view the smiley generated by Microsoft’s email client. Apparently when you insert a smiley in an outlook message, the actual smiley isn’t graphically embedded in the mail, but a single letter is put there instead. When non-outlook clients or webmail services try to read the message what they see there is the letter ‘J’ and not the actual smiley that was there in the first place.

What do you think? who is the fool here? Should Microsoft stop with the Microsoft-ish behavior and use regular graphic smileys like everybody else? Should other Email services rise to the occasion and make the necessary adjustments so they know how to read this letter and transform the J to a smiley? I am not sure – would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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