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In 1972 Franklin Loufrani, a journalist, created a simple concept for European newspapers, sideways type icons to communicate emotions--emoticons. He gave his original icon :) the name of "Smiley". Smiley quickly spread across the world. Other emoticons followed Smiley. That's one story of their origin.
Here is another: According to CNN.com Scott Fahlman, an IBM researcher known for his work with neural networks is perhaps best known for a flash of inspiration that helped to define Internet culture, in all of its ungrammatical glory. On September 19, 1982, Fahlman typed :-) in an online message.