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Codes for Making IM Smileys on Facebook

written by: S. R. Obbayi•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 3/10/2011

Funny how frustrating it can be when you do not know the codes for making IM smileys on Facebook and have to stick to traditional boring text without emotions. well not anymore, this guide will change all that. Keep reading to get the codes.

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    Using Smileys or emoticons as they are also known is nothing new to the social aspects of the Internet. Anyone who has been using the Internet from over a decade ago may be familiar with IM smileys from the early days of chat services like Yahoo Messenger, AOL, ICQ and MSN Messenger.

    These smileys where not limited to chat clients but also found their way into common message board applications such as PHPBB among others. Smiles where originally sequences of characters that seemed to resemble human emotions even though they were made of simple plain text. Take for example this code of three ASCII characters :-). It does not take much to see that it resembles a face lying on its side smiling. These became common and started being replaced with what we commonly know today as Smileys.

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    Significance of Smileys

    Smileys give the users the ability to easily convey emotions in the most natural way possible via text and they brought color and a sense of excitement to Instant Messaging. With time these little usually yellow faces became popular and Smileys were created. How they work is the message board, chat program or Social Network web applications and services store these Smileys in libraries which they index to represent the none language common code sequences.

    Facebook is no stranger to the use of Smileys and just like other Social Network services and bloggin software, Facebook also conforms to the codes that have become accepted over time which can be used anywhere you can input text on face book including your own Facebook applications. See more on how to create Facebook applications here.

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    Facebook IM smiley Codes

    Facebook Smileys The following are the code sequences accepted within the Facebook ecosystem. They are listed by first stating the emotion or action the code represents then a space then the actual codes sequence. Where there is more than one variation of the code, the different code sequences are listed side by side separated by single spaces. The image on the left gives you an idea of what these codes will look like when typed into your chat window, inbox message, status message and other places within the Facebook website.

    smile :-) :) :] =)

    frown :-( :( :[ =(

    gasp :-O :O :-o :o

    grin :-D :D =D

    tongue :-P :P :-p :p =P

    wink ;-) ;)

    curly lips :3

    kiss :-* :*

    grumpy >:( >:-(

    glasses 8-) 8) B-) B)

    sunglasses 8-| 8| B-| B|

    upset >:O >:-O >:o >:-o

    confused o.O O.o

    shark (^^^)

    pacman :v

    squint -_-

    angel O:) O:-)

    devil 3:) 3:-)

    unsure :/ :-/ :\ :-\

    cry :'(

    Chris Putnam :putnam:

    robot :|]

    heart <3

    kiki ^_^

    penguin <(“)

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    Source: author’s own experience and long History with Web Development,

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