Facebook users got a little treat (or terror, depending on their outlook) last week as the company’s engineers quietly introduced emoticons to Facebook comments. Smileys have been available in chat messages for some time now, so this is more of an extension of usability than an introduction.
I have to admit, I’m not exactly happy about this development. I waged a personal war against the buggers on message boards, instant messages, and emails for years until I finally admitted defeat a few months ago. Still hate them, but at this point I’m the internet equivalent of an old man shaking his cane at neighborhood kids, yelling at them to stay off his lawn.
Ugh. See? I can’t even do it jokingly. It hurts my heart too much. Anyway, the comment smiley codes are the same as the message ones. Below is a cheat sheet that’s been floating around the internet for a while now. I haven’t been able to locate the original source, so let’s all give a general hat tip to the internet gods, shall we?
I get the reference to 42, and I figured out Putnam. Cute little inside joke, that. You younger readers will have to tell me what’s up with the robot, shark, and penguin. Go ahead, I’ll be over here unwrapping a Werther’s Original, pretending to understand your youthful destruction of everything I hold dear.
But seriously, if that Frisbee ends up on my roof one more time I’m keeping it. Don’t think I won’t do it.