We ARE doing an item today on the emoticon - 25 years old today. What do you think of them - and do you have a favourite?
"Associated Press Writer - PITTSBURGH (AP) - It was a serious contribution to the electronic lexicon.
Twenty-five years ago, Carnegie Mellon University
professor Scott E. Fahlman says, he was the first to use
three keystrokes - a colon followed by a hyphen and a
parenthesis - as a horizontal «smiley face» in a computer
Mr Fahlman will join me on the programme - here he is....and he'll discuss emoticons with Hugo Rifkind who says "emoticons are vile and for idiots"