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Be Expressive... Use A Smiley!
By Patricia Ouellette

Have you ever wondered how to do those wacky little yellow smiley’s? Smiley’s, or emoticons as they are actually called, are used profusely in chat programs, forums, message and bulletin boards. They are an effective way to be more expressive and emotional; and can be really great fun to use.

Programs such as Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and the like use emoticons extensively. HTML, Perle, CGI, PHP and ASP coded forums and message boards also use emoticons. Some will have pre-programmed emoticons installed, which you only need to click or double click on to use. Others you may have to type in the codes to make them appear. In some applications you will see the little yellow faces, yet with others you just see the code. Either way, if you know the codes to use, you will be able to ascertain what the person you are chatting with is telling you.

So get the jump and try out some of these emoticons when you next use your favorite message boards or chat program. Here are just some of the ones you may find next time you’re in a chat room. All will work in Yahoo Messenger; some will work in other applications.


:)
Smiley

:(
Sad

;)
Wink

:D
Toothy

:-/
Query

:x
Love
 

:P
Poke Tongue

:o
Shock

x-(
Angry

B-)
Cool

*-:)
Idea

O:)
Angel
 

:-$
Hush

=D>
Clap

[-(
Cross
Arms

:o)
Clown

\:D/
Joyful

:-?
Not Sure


But that’s just a start. Here are two great sites with loads of emoticon ideas for you to try out:

High Tech Dictionary
http://www.computeruser.com/resources/dictionary/emoticons.html

Netlingo
http://www.netlingo.com/smiley.cfm

Have fun! And Smile :) Jesus Loves You!! Isn’t that worth a Smiley! :)
Trish Ouellette is a wife and step-mother of seven glorious children and three grand children. Trish and her husband Jim, run a small computer business from home, as well as two large Internet ministries, which keep her busy designing websites, fixing, upgrading and building computers and teaching computer and Internet technology. With every minute of her spare time she explores her talents in writing and art, which is available to view on her personal website Christ Driven Brush & Pen http://christdriven.evangel-list.com. You may write to Trish through the Letters page of this magazine.
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