June 08, 2017

25th Anniversary of Scott Fahlman's :-) Smiley

The first commonly acknowledged use of the contemporary emoticon was in 1982. Scott Fahlman, a research professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, was linked to an electronic university bulletin board where computer enthusiasts posted opinions on matters as divisive as abortion and mundane as campus parking.  “This is just my little gift to the world,” said Dr. Fahlman, now 59 and still doing computer-science research at Carnegie Mellon.  Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article