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I wrote this list or quick-reference (site) because I was having a hard time remembering less-common graphical emoticons while using instant messaging (IM). There are no standards! This was complicated by the fact that I use a particular IM client (the excellent Trillian by cerulean studios) on my home computer which offers a large set of emoticons. It also supports multiple platforms, including MSN, AIM/AOL, etc.
Emoticons are often entered into an IM client by typing a special keyboard symbol sequence. Some IM environments (e.g. Trillian, AIM, Meebo) let you also choose emoticons from a visual menu. Many of the key sequences are based on old email "smileys" (e.g. ;-) or the semi-colon, hyphen, and open-parenthesis to mean "wink"). Other emoticons are generated by essentially typing a word between parenthesis (e.g. (drums) to show a little tin drum and drumsticksand perhaps play a drum roll sound effect!).
This site shows moods, emotions, effects, and other symbols in a procedural arrangement. So, simply look for the thing you want to emote or communicate, then read across for the keyboard shortcut. I tried to describe each emoticon with synonyms. If you're in a hurry, do a word search using your browser's Find command. Have fun!
Watch out for "faux amis" or false-friends. There are a handful of emoticons that mean different things in different IM clients. You could be sending the wrong message! Also note that some smileys are case-sensitive! Graphical emoticons do not seem to show in AOL Express... Note that all my Trillian test were done using the default skins.
A final word: there are only a dozen common emoticons...
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|24 Nov 2006||-||added emoticons for the current version of Meebo (1.0 Release 21)|
|12 Feb 2005||-||updated link to AOL/AIM smiley help page|
|12 Feb 2005||-||removed email addresses from contributors page to prevent spam email harvesting|
|10 Feb 2005||-||updates for Trillian Pro 3.0 (with hints from Chris Hayes)|
|1 Nov 2004||-||fixed typo on "top few" page|
|1 Nov 2004||-||added Jules' keyboard shortcut|
|1 Nov 2004||-||added notes that I test Trillian with the default skins (which broadly support emoticons)|
|15 Jan 2004||-||built a new page with the top 10 or so common emoticons; figured a mystery Trillian Pro icon|
|14 Jan 2004||-||added ICQ Lite emoticons|
|11 Jan 2004||-||minor corrections; noted the Trill Pro duck emoticon has a sound effect; duplicate headings at table bottom|
|9 Jan 2004||-||switched to an external cascading style sheet (CSS) file|
|8 Jan 2004||-||added Tafadzwa's icons; minor touch-ups; update Wacky B link; add legend jump link; add favICON to site|
|2 Nov 2003||-||added new MSN 6 icons|
Amazingly there are only about 10 to 20 emoticons that are common to the major IM clients!
If you don't want to memorize a lot of emoticons, just concentrate on the top 10 or so.
|an emoticon that is...||approx. number|
|very common to IM clients, the "standard" ones...||5|
|similar on most IM clients, but may not work on some||15|
|uncommon among IM clients or specific or unique to one||over 200|
|a watch-out! means different things in different IM clients||there are a few|
This legend is included at the bottom of every page within this site.
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|copyright © 2002-2008 Blake Nancarrow||
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