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An Evaluation Of Facebook Emoticons

April 23, 2012 Business Services

Facebook emoticons present users with the ability to express emotions through status updates, wall posts, and instant messages, by utilizing their Facebook account. These Facebook emoticons do not require vast knowledge of code or script writing, and they are relatively simple to produce. Users, who wish to utilize these Facebook emoticons, possess a basic understanding of simplistic code used to produce smileys and other emotion driven images through popular chat services.
These Facebook emoticons alleviate users from having to type additional words within the text to accentuate their emotional state during a conversation. Written statements, which appear on a computer screen, lack the ability to express the author’s mental and emotional state completely. For this reason, Facebook emoticons were constructed, with basic code to allow the author to add depth to their online conversations and statements. With the utilization of these Facebook emoticons, the reader comprehends the message in which the author wishes to convey without difficulty.
Facebook Hidden Emoticons
In recent years, teenage society has used an assortment of colored rubber bracelets for teenagers to send hidden messages among their piers. These bracelets conveyed messages which implied that the wearer was sexually active and each color represented various sexual acts. The wearer implied, which sexual acts and/or favors he or she was willing to perform, based on this hidden code known by teenagers.
Teenage Facebook users may have created the same hidden meanings and codes with the use of Facebook emoticons, in a manner which is less obvious to parents than the colored bracelets. Facebook emoticons, which are primarily smileys and smiley faces, are said to have been frequently utilized to send hidden messages among Facebook friends.
According to reports released by Christian publications, the traditional smiley face implies that the user, who posts this Facebook smiley, is conveying the messages that he or she wishes to have sex with the recipient. A user posting the smiley brandishing a gasp or shocked expression is believed to have offered oral sex. Users, who send the devil smiley, could have stated, that their sexual skills are exceptional and/or that they are sexually aroused. The smiley wearing the eyeglasses is stated as signifying that the sender wishing to perform anal sex and/or sodomy. These reports state also that the typical kissing smiley face indicates that the sender is a prostitute and willing to accept $20 for the requested service.
These Facebook hidden emoticons are not stated to have limits to only sexual expression either. The Pac-Man emoticon is believed to translate to an offering of drugs and other controlled substances. The Facebook emoticon which typically states, “Ai-ya,” supposedly translates to indicate the sender is pregnant. These reports also state that the robot translates to mean that the sender is gay, and the tongue emoticon translates to imply the user is a lesbian.
Although these reports have yet to become known facts, they do provide parents with a perspective that requires further investigation. Ironically, it was Christian organizations and publications that proved the color-coded bracelet concept as fact. Proving the validity of this new hidden Facebook emoticon concept does not seem far-fetched.
Facebook Symbols
In social media, the popularity of Facebook chat has superseded other chat services, with the use of symbols. Although other services provide readily created symbols and animations, Facebook emoticons have the ability to present banner style symbols. For instance, users have the ability to utilize Facebook emoticons in the form of floral banners that surround their statuses. With the proper code combination for these symbols, a user has the ability to add filigree, flowers, and hearts to decorate their user statuses. These symbols or Facebook emoticons create an easy to use option for users who, wish to create profound statements complete with banner style embellishments.
Facebook emoticons or symbols are available as musical notes such as the clef note. Users add these musical symbols to song lyrics posted within statuses updates or when posting sharable music videos legally on Facebook. These symbols are also available to produce anything from a small rose bud to a floral swag of connected blooms often found on flowering trees and shrubbery.
Symbol Code
Popular symbols are generated by using the Alt key and the number representing the desired symbol. These symbols are represented by numbers one through 31. Among the most popular are the B-Flat, which is represented by 14, and the musical clef note, which is represented by 13. Symbols found on playing cards are generated by the Alt key and letters three through six. The sun is created by using the Alt key and the number 15. Male and female symbols are generated with the numbers 11 and 12. The numbers 18 through 31 are arrows and other design symbols, such as “indent” and the double exclamation points.
The Unicode, which generates the lengthy decorative swags, floral designs, and even iPod images are found on the Facebook page titled, Complete List of Facebook Copy and Paste Special Symbols and Emoticons. The user, who wishes to include this Unicode in their status update copies and pastes the Unicode into their status update box or chat and/or instant message.
Facebook Status Emoticons
Facebook status emoticons are literally any Facebook emoticon creatable through entered code. These Facebook emoticons range from simple smiley faces to the aforementioned floral swags. It is possible to produce Facebook emoticons as floating hearts and small characters to place, within a status update to create beautifully designed graphics. Users often see these large scale Facebook emoticons in shared statuses for Mother’s Day, Christmas, and other holidays. Users copy and paste these shared statuses with the constructed Facebook emoticons with the greatest of ease.
Utilizing Facebook emoticons within Facebook status updates emphasis the exact emotion the user wishes to convey to their Facebook friends. Emotions vary often, and users are only human, for this reason it is necessary to add the Facebook emoticon to imply the serious of these emotions. These Facebook emoticons present the user with the option to express when they are happy, sad, or communicating a humorous joke with their friends, which are otherwise misconstrued and/or taken out of context by its readers.
Facebook Chat and/or IM Emoticons
Facebook Chat and/or Instant Messenger Emoticons is Facebook emotions designed for chat and instant messengers offered by this popular social media outlet. These Facebook emoticons are available in popular format seen on most popular chat services. A portion of these emoticons transform into graphical images, once entered into the chat and/or instant messenger message box. Other Facebook emoticons are linked together by keyboard characters, numbers, and letters that create an image when combined.
Users have the option to enter any Facebook emoticons they choose into the chat and/or instant messenger message box. These emoticons are available as smiley faces, graphical smileys, and even large pink hearts. For the most part, these Facebook emoticons are user entered text and not code, as the most frequently used chat and/or instant messenger emoticons consists of the combinations mentioned above. These Facebook emoticons do not include animated options.
Facebook Smiley Faces
Facebook smiley faces are Facebook emoticons in which the users utilize characters, letters, and numbers found, on the standard computer keyboard to create combinations generating various smiley faces. These smiley faces represent a vast assortment of emotions and other concepts. For instance, a combination of a colon, apostrophe, and a right-facing parenthesis implies that the user is crying. The combination of one exponent character or symbol added to an underscore and then another exponent symbol produces the happy eyes Facebook emoticon. The smiley face Facebook emoticon does not produce the graphical images frequently associated with chat services.
Facebook Smileys
The Facebook emoticons referred to as Facebook smileys are combinations of characters, letters, and numbers that do produce graphical images. These Facebook emoticons are the combinations associated with most popular chat services. For instance, a user enters a colon followed immediately by a lowercase V and produces what is known as the Pac-Man Facebook emoticon. The smiling cat graphical image for the Facebook emoticon called the Facebook cat smile emoticon is produced by entering a colon and then entering the number three into the chat message or Facebook status update. These Facebook emoticons include all smileys typically produced by chat services, along with additions created specifically by Facebook. Typical emoticons found on chat services and through the use of Facebook emoticons include the angel, glasses, and the expression for sticking out the tongue.
The angel emoticon, for example, is created by simply typing a zero followed pressing and holding the Shift key on the keyboard and hitting the semicolon and colon button to create a colon and then a left facing parenthesis. Unlike most popular chat services, this Facebook emoticon is not created in animated format. The angel emoticon found on Yahoo Messenger with fluttering wings is not the same emoticon produced by this combination. This angel is an emoticon that is not animated, yet it does represent the same image in non-animated format.
Facebook Emoticons List with Code
Smileys and Smiley Faces–Happy
Create smiley for a happy smile by pressing the Shift key and holding it down. Now press the colon and/or semicolon key and follow it by pressing zero to type a left-facing parenthesis. This smiley is transformed into a graphical image, once the user presses ENTER. The Facebook smiley faces are a variation of characters. The user’s options for creating these smiley faces are to type a semicolon followed by a dash and a left-facing parenthesis. The next option is to replace the left-facing parenthesis with a left-facing bracket or to use the equal key to place two lines for the eyes which are followed by the left facing parenthesis. The user would simply replace the left-facing parenthesis and/or brackets with right-facing parenthesis or brackets to produce the frown smile face.
Smileys and Smiley Faces: Tongue
The user creates the smiley for sticking out the tongue, by pushing the Shift key down and then holding it and then pressing the semicolon and/or colon key then pressing the letter P. For this smiley, the user could also use a lowercase letter P. Both of these options produce the smiley and/or graphical image for sticking out the tongue within the status or chat and/or instant messenger box on Facebook. The characters producing the smiley faces for this emotion are produced by placing a dash between the semicolon and the letter P or by replacing the semicolon with the equal symbol.
Smileys and Smiley Faces: Wink
Create the smiley for wink by pressing the semicolon key and then adding a left-facing parenthesis. These characters produce the graphical image for a smiley that is winking one eye. The user would place a dash in between the semicolon and the left-facing parenthesis to produce the smiley face representing a wink.
Smileys and Smiley Faces: Gasp
Create the smiley for a gasp by pressing the Shift key and then the semicolon and/or colon key. The user would then type a lower or upper case letter O to complete the graphical image. For the smiley face, the user would place a dash after the semicolon.
Smileys and Smiley Faces: Glasses and Sunglasses
Create the smiley wearing glasses by typing the letter eight or an upper case letter “B” followed by left-facing parenthesis. For the smiley face version of this emoticon, the user adds a dash between the parenthesis and the number eight or upper case letter B. To transform the smiley and smiley face wearing glasses into the sunglasses version, the user replaces the left-facing parenthesis with a vertical bar.
Smileys and Smiley Faces: Upset
Create the upset smiley by pressing and holding the Shift key while pressing the more than symbol and then the semicolon and/or colon key to type a colon. Follow the colon by either by either an upper or lower case letter O. This combination produces the graphical image for upset. Transform the graphical image smiley into a smiley face by placing a dash after the colon.
Smileys and Smiley Faces: Unsure
Create the unsure smiley by hitting and holding down the Shift key and the semicolon and/or colon key. Then the user releases the Shift key and types either a back or forward slash. Transform this combination into the smiley face by placing a dash between the colon and the slash.
Smiley: Err and Doh
The user creates the smiley which represents the expression, “Err,” by typing a colon and then a backslash. The user creates the expression, “Doh,” by typing a more than symbol followed by a colon, dash, and a left-facing parenthesis.
Smiley: Ai-ya
The user creates the expression, “Ai-ya,” by typing a more than symbol found above the period. Next, the user types a colon and then a lower case letter O. The Ai-ya smiley is also referred to as a smile with closed eyes.
Smiley Faces: Grumpy
Create the grumpy smiley face by pressing the Shift key and hold it down. Then press the more than key followed by a colon and a right-facing parenthesis. The user produces a variation by adding a dash between the colon and the right-facing parenthesis.
Smiley Face: Squint
Create the squint smiley face by typing a dash. Press the Shift key and hold it while typing an underscore. Follow the underscore with another dash. This smiley face is also referred to as, “Nerd.”
Smiley Face: Confused
Create the confused smiley face by typing a letter case letter O then a period followed by an upper case letter O. This smiley appears as a smiley with one eye larger than the other in the chat and/or instant message box. The user alternates between the large eye and the small by the placement and size of the letter O. This smiley face is also referred to as, “Uh?”
Smiley Face: Kiki
Create the Kiki smiley face by typing an exponent symbol followed by an underscore and an additional exponent symbol.
Facebook Emoticons: Penguin
Create the Penguin Facebook emoticon by pressing and holding the Shift key. Press the less than symbol found at the top of the comma key. Press and hold the Shift key and then type a right-facing parenthesis. Next press and then hold the Shift key found on the keyboard. Then follow this action by pressing the apostrophe key to create a quotation mark immediately following the right-facing parenthesis. Press and hold the Shift key down and then hit the number zero key to create a left-facing parenthesis. Press ENTER. The Facebook emoticon, which represents a penguin, appears on the screen, within the status update or chat and/or instant message box.
Facebook Emoticons: Shark
Create the shark Facebook emoticon by press and hold down the Shift key and press the number nine key to enter a left facing parenthesis. Hold down the Shift key again and then press the number six key three times to place three exponent symbols immediately next to the left facing parenthesis. Press and then hold the Shift key and then hit the number zero key to create a right-facing parenthesis. Press ENTER. The Facebook emoticon, which represents a shark, similar to the JAWS logo, appears on the screen within the chat and/or message or status update box.
Facebook Emoticons: Robot
Create the robot Facebook emoticon by typing a colon. Follow the colon with a vertical bar by pressing and holding the Shift key and then pressing the vertical bar and/or backslash key. This creates the straight face smiley. Type a left facing bracket, immediately following the vertical bar, to finish the robot emoticon. Press ENTER. The Facebook robot emoticon appears on the screen within your choice of status update or chat and/or message box.
Facebook Emoticons: Chris Putnam
Create the Chris Putnam emoticon by typing a colon to the left and right of the name, Putnam. Once the user presses ENTER, the graphical image of Chris Putnam appears on the screen or within the chat and/or instant messenger box.
Facebook Emoticons: Number Box
Create a number box emoticon by typing a colon to the left and right of the desired number. The most popular number box on Facebook is the 42 number-box, which appears as the number encased in a red box. The user could use any two-digit under the combination for the number box emoticon.
Facebook Emoticons: Devil and Angel
Create the devil emotion by typing the number three. Press and hold the Shift key then press the semicolon and/or colon key followed by the left-facing parenthesis. The user, who wishes to create a variation of this emoticon, places a dash between the colon and the parenthesis. The user replaces the number three with an upper case letter O to transform the devil into the angel. Without the dash, both emoticons produce a non-animated graphical image of a devil or angel.

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