When You See This

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

What is your reaction to this when you see it on the internet:

:)

For the longest time I was against any type of emoticons (or whatever you want to call them, how about just smiles). I was annoyed when I would see smiley faces, fishes, what seemed to be someone raising their hands and anything else you could do with a keyboard to make a face. They just seemed like something a 12 year old girl would do. Here is the funny thing, lately I have been using the smiley face. :) The main use for me is signaling that what I am saying is said with a smile on my face. It is my form of sarcasm online. I do this because I am a sarcastic person, but one I cannot read how you are taking what I am saying and you cannot hear how I am saying it so things can really be taken out of context.

What is your reaction to Social Media Smiley Faces?

*kyle

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Kyle Reed is a connector looking to connect with others. A 20 Something that is blogging his way through life and looking to connect through community. Also a team member of the 8BIT Network and brand evangelist. Find me on twitter: @kylelreed, lets chat.
  • http://davidgoodwin.com David

    I use them a lot, but I'm trying to cut down and let the words speak for themselves. If I think the sarcasm isn't obvious enough, I'll keep it.

    “Speaking” cross-culturally online I've found them invaluable though, because even where language is supposedly common, cultural idiom often makes it not so.

    I'm tempted to finish this comment with a smilie, but I won't.

    Oh, ok then… :)

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      exactly, I think we are on the same track here Dave.
      Unfortunately there really is no other way to communicate sarcasm then the smiley face.
      Funny thing about it is that we can be sarcastic about using a smiley face to communicate sarcasm. Weird :)

      • http://davidgoodwin.com David

        Irony FTW!

        • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

          Which even FTW can be taken out of contexted and used way to much. Crazy world we live in

          • http://davidgoodwin.com David

            A friend of mine always reads it backwards……….

  • http://vinthomas.com Vin Thomas

    If you don't use the smiley face you're a big time loser.

    :)

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Hahaha

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

    You know who the king of the :) is?
    Human3rror
    He uses them all the time. And quite well I might add

  • http://www.randrambles.com Rand

    I used to not like them but then a while back started using them, use them frequently now.

    FTW, Fail and things like that I don't use, don't like them but maybe someday I will haha.

    :)

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Ya I refuse to say fail or pwn or pwn'd or whatever it is. Not my thing.

  • http://www.ricianne.com/ patricia

    i use this a LOT o_O

    to me that means eyebrows raised, one eye is bigger than the other…im not buying what you're saying.use “that look” a lot in real life. my eyebrows are ALWAYS raised. i dont pluck them and i have “mommy dearest” arches. :)

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Okay that is good to know. I always just thought it was some decipher code or something like that.
      I like the mommy dearest arches, that is funny

  • http://godlysheep.com Brett Barner

    I don't mind seeing these. Does help convey a stronger message. But the only two I use are :) & :/ The later because that's the face I make IRL a lot.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      IRL????What does that mean?

      • http://godlysheep.com Brett Barner

        IRL = “in real life”

        Try to keep up. :)

        • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

          I am so far behind I have just given up

  • http://twitter.com/ShelbyisRad Shelby Radovich

    I like using the simple smiles not all the people raising arms and whatever they come up with.

  • http://morethanuseless.com/ Tom

    I don't use 'em much. If I I do, I usually use: =) , =/, or =T. I don't have any deep reasons for not using them or whatever. They are just aren't me.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelbyisRad Shelby Radovich

      whats =T ?

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Ya what does that mean?