The First Smiley?

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Fri Sep 13 12:31:32 UTC 2002

On Friday, Sep 13, 2002, at 08:19 America/New_York, Jesse Sheidlower

> On Fri, Sep 13, 2002 at 07:45:47AM -0400, Grant Barrett wrote:
>> A Usenet post which contains the supposed first use of :) as a smiley
>> or emoticon, from 19 September 1982,  has been uncovered.
> I thought Barry had posted an example from a
> newspaper ad from the 1950s at one point.

That's right. My post was missing a key word: the first *online*
smiley. Barry's post is here;

Grant Barrett
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