When we want to show our emotions, or even the faces we make when we chat with people on the internet, we use the smileys, also known as faces or emoticons. How about you?
There are these little graphics called smileys which have various dots and lines in the middle which resemble smiles, laughing, crying and so on. These graphics are called smileys, and they are very popular for use in instant messengers, in private messaging, but not official mail, and basically wherever you want to show how you feel.
The number of users on FaceBook is ever growing, and all of them are using these faces to send specific messages to their friends. It is not proven yet, but probably the girls are more prone to use them than the guys, especially because they even make the messages to look more cute. Not all these graphics represent human faces, as some will represent robots, animals or birds – for instance, on FaceBook, typing “ <(“) “ in a message, will transform into a penguin. You can also have Chris Putnam to appear in your message by typing “ :putnam: “.
Probably the most common faces on FaceBook, as on other sites, are the one for smile, or being happy – (: – the one for being sad, which uses the reversed parentheses. The letter “C” either regular or in capital can be used instead, but the shortcut will not turn into anyface, it will remain the way it is. Some people consider that the capital “C” has stronger feelings than the “c” which will be more shy or modest: “ C: “ versus “ c: ”. The smile written with a “C” instead will also look more comical, fun and cute, thus it may be used more by girls.
As mentioned earlier, in order to have the graphics with the right face to appear in our FaceBook messages, we need to type in a shortcut, and some have been shown here. There are a few sites out there which have lists of available faces for FaceBook, so you better check them out. One of them can be found at fbsmileys.com. Some programmers have launched FaceBook apps with other type of smileys and faces, the type used in AOL messenger. Using them shouldn’t be difficult if you run Windows OS.
In FaceBook, depending on where you type your message, the smiley you try to use may not appear – for instance in the comments. However, the private messages, the chat and the text posted on the wall will be able to display them. There is a sign, the heart, which appears big and red in the private messages, but when you type it in the comments, it will appear tiny and black. Both ways, the heart will look cute, but the big, red heart seems more sure of the message it wants to send out.
One last thing: don’t type the shortcuts with spaces between the elements, as the face will not appear. Enjoy your new, fun looking FaceBook, and make sure to confuse everybody with the mixed signals you’re sending!This article is brought by Logo Quiz Answers and Logo Quiz.