image_1.jpgTo celebrate almost 25 years of the much loved emoticons, Yahoo! Messenger has launched a competition wherein you create a new, most unique and fresh expression which will be added in the next version of Yahoo! Messenger, announces the Official yahoo messenger blog.

  • “To participate, just submit a photo of your emoticon idea to our contest. Remember we’re looking for new emoticon ideas, not your imitation of ones that already exist. You can see our full list of existing emoticons here. Plus, be sure to vote on the ones you’d like to see in our next version. We’re using, Yahoo’s online contest service to power the contest, and they offer some easy tools to help you submit your emoticon idea and vote for your favorite entries in face-off style. We’re running this contest in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Emoticon, invented by Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University. “When I first proposed the smiley face symbol, I never thought it would take off the way it has,” said Professor Fahlman.”

177690660_f263d80a10_o.jpgOne of the creators of the emoticon, Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University comments “When I first proposed the smiley face symbol, I never thought it would take off the way it has. It started as a way to indicate humor — or attempted humor — among a small, local community of computer researchers. It has been fascinating to watch this small but infectious idea spread into new communities as the Internet has matured.” Click here for the history of emoticons.

Click here to see all the emoticons used in yahoo messenger.


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