Emoticons :) When Do You Use Them? Which Ones Are Your Favorite?

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  • #145895

    Paul Homan

    Signing off on personal emails, usually looks like this for me: πŸ™‚ Paul. Especially when I a writing a quick email that could possibly be read as short or curt. I also tend to use emoticons when I am g-chatting with my co-workers or texting with my friends. But I think we can all agree that emoticons can be overused, and there are a ton out there that I have never even seen before.

    I would love to know your thoughts about emoticons!

    “Emoticons are an attempt to put a human face on faceless, quick communication.” – from the book, Send: Why People Email so Badly and How to do it Better by David Shipley and Will Schawble

    SO! EMOTICONS: ) When Do You Use Them? Which Ones Are Your Favorite?

  • #145943

    Allison Primack

    I am definitely guilty of overusing emoticons. My most used by far are…

    πŸ™‚ = smiley, πŸ˜‰ = wink, πŸ™ = frown, ;( = crying, :/ = uncertain

    I try not to use them in emails, but I use them in chat, texting, and social media sites.

  • #145941

    Steve Ressler

    mainly a πŸ™‚ type of guy…

  • #145939

    Terrence Hill

    I strictly use emoticons in instant messages. I’m not sure why, but it seems to make the curt messages a little more friendly, plus it can convey my sentiments, which don’t always get transmitted in an IM. MS Communicator/Linc has a nice selection to choose from. My fav is the little computer that lets people know I’m working from home.

  • #145937

    I use πŸ™‚

    It helps to make a stern message a wee more friendly. I also use it to create a inviting atmosphere. It’s takes the place of the smile you normally would receive during a face-2-face interaction.

  • #145935

    Ashley Fuchs

    I like to use emoticons (probably a bit too much) to make a quick communication look more “friendly” whether email or chat.

    πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ and :] are my favorites

    In Lync Comm I like to use the rainbow and big smiley to covey gratitude, the martini glass for thumbs up (implying “great idea!” you deserve a martini,) and the puppy face for confusion. It helps that everyone in my work group has a fun personality and we talked about what each of the little icons might mean and agreed upon a few for certain situations.

    I don’t use emoticons with people I don’t know.

    Ex: I wouldn’t sent a martini icon to a member of another work group.


  • #145933

    Paul Homan

    What does a martini icon look like?

  • #145931

    Stefany M. Mercer

    I <3 [heart] emoticons! They really add tone to e-communications.

    My personal fave: O.o<—that loveable head-cocked-to-the-side-‘huh?’-look that can be cynical, confused, worried, inquisitive, or condescending depending upon the context. πŸ˜€



  • #145929

    Stefany M. Mercer

    You raise a good point, Terry. I always hesitate to use emoticone in official/professional communication unless I am very close to or really know the recipient. However, as far as cool emoticons go, Skype has some really aweseome ones – like the exploding angry face! *nod,nod*


  • #145927

    Shannon Kennedy

    I was once asked if something was wrong after sending a text to a friend. I said “I’m great! Why?” and they replied “Well you didn’t have a smiley in your last text, I was worried something was terribly wrong!”

    Needless to say, I like my emoticons. I even take the smiley a step further…I give it a nose: :o)

  • #145925

    Ashley Fuchs

    In Lync Comm it’s a graphic icon πŸ™‚

  • #145923

    Ashley Fuchs

    oh I love the <3 too!

  • #145921

    Paul Homan

    Nice! I was going to be really impressed by a martini that was created using letters and characters.

  • #145919

    Jay Johnson

    Am I the only one that uses the πŸ™‚ form of the smiley?

  • #145917

    Well. I never use it. Mainly because it takes 3 key strokes to make it. I’m more accustomed to just 2 key stroke smileys.

  • #145915

    Ashley Fuchs


    Sort of martini like πŸ™‚

  • #145913

    Gigi Bryant

    I use them frequently on Facebook and in texts. However, my personal opinion is that it does not project a very professional image to use them in work related emails. I was taught to separate work and personal relationships so the “me” outside of work is recognized, on FB especially, by signing off with a πŸ™‚ but the “me” at work signs everything with a Very Respectfully.

  • #145911

    Kathleen Schafer

    I agree that sometimes in delivering a message electronically it can be taken more harshly than you want and that Emoticons can help communicate your true emotional state. I have, however, learned the hard way that if I want to be sure my feelings are accurately communicated I either pick-up the phone or have a face-to-face conversation–yes, very retro AND often a important leadership choice to make!

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    I rarely use them in e-mail, but use them all the time in chat. My favorites by far are πŸ™‚ and ;).

  • #145907

    Kevin Lanahan

    I always include the dash in the smiley. Noses are important!

  • #145905

    Paul Homan

    πŸ™‚ Takes too much effort, because you have to lift off the shift key to make the nose.

  • #145903

    Dory Dahlberg

    Glad to see Stefany’s πŸ˜€ as I use that a lot too, mainly in situations when I’m happier or more excited than just the polite :-).

    Would this be a hi five? ^5


  • #145901

    Miriam Morehead

    I use them sometimes in my professional responses, usually πŸ™‚ because I’m attempting to soften the blow. Also, I have students that I mentor and so emoticons are a must.

  • #145899

    Steve Ressler

    I’m with you. I use it to soften the blow in tone to make sure people realize it. But I go back and forth if it looks unprofessional.

  • #145897

    Carol Davison

    Virutally every email I send begins “Good Afternoon Steve!” because it is upbeat. Communicaiton can be taken negatively and I want to prevent that from happening.

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