Scott E. Fahlman priča o tome kako je izmislio smajlija (tj. kako je on “jedan od ljudi” koji su ga izmislili) tokom korišćenja akademskih bulletin boardova osamdesetih godina.

[…] maybe it would be a good idea to explicitly mark posts that were not to be taken seriously. After all, when using text-based online communication, we lack the body language or tone-of-voice cues that convey this information when we talk in person or on the phone […] it occurred to me that the character sequence 🙂 would be an elegant solution – one that could be handled by the ASCII-based computer terminals of the day.

Smiley Lore 🙂