A bunch of new Army Smileys

June 16th, 2009

I have updated the smiley database with a new category: Army Smileys. It contains all kinds of cool smileys:

And quite a few others.

What are army smileys and emoticons good for? Tons of things – all you macho personalities can definitely show it off with a cool army smile. Soldier and tank smileys are also great for all types of discussions about the army, the different corps and branches. And sometimes, it’s just fun to use a cool militant smiley. Got that, soldier? Soldier Smiley with Sunglasses

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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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Is using emoticons in business emails considered unproffesional?

June 4th, 2009

David Emin Defiantly thinks so! In an answer to a reader’s question, Emin said:

To some of us older generation, emoticons are often considered a bit of an enigma.

The reader apparently has sent an email to his boss, and signed off with a wink. His superior immediately emailed back an said that his email was unprofessional. Emin said that despite’s emoticons function as a way to express emotions and feelings in text messages and web forums, business emails are not the places for these means of communication:

it is not always obvious to the recipient of the message what is actually meant by a particular emoticon.
I used to get e-mails from a certain individual who would always sign off with (_x_). I used to think this was a term of endearment until someone pointed out this actually meant “kiss my arse”. Needless to say, I was not impressed.

Obviously Emin is right that not every email is suitable for emoticons. I can think of quite a few examples where emoticons would be very distastful:

  • You are fired :)
  • Just got married, ah? How is your wife in bed? ;)
  • I think your presentation sucks, but don’t worry – you’ll do fine in our company. <3

Seriously though, age and culture would be the main criteria for choosing whether or not to use the wonderful art of text smileys. If you are not sure about your recipient, don’t assume anything – be formal and polite. That’s a general good rule in business. At other times, using text smileys or even graphic cool smileys can be a great way to soften a tough to swallow message.

By the way, people who use smileys come in all colors and ages. See these smiley statistics for more.

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New Bebo Emoticons – the inside scoop

June 3rd, 2009

Bebo, the UK popular social network, announced last week that they have updated their emoticon system. We think the new emoticons look much more slick and are definally a change for the better. Check out this handy list of shortcuts for creating these nifty smileys:


Bebo Emoticons


The comments on the original Bebo post were quite mixed. They ranged from: ‘The new emoticons suck’ to ‘Way to go, Bebo!’. What do you think about the new emoticons?

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