Smileys, also known as “emoticons,” are glyphs used to convey emotions in your writing. They are a great way to brighten up posts.
Text smileys are created by typing two or more punctuation marks. Some examples are:
;-) is equivalent to
:-) is equivalent to
:-( is equivalent to
:-? is equivalent to
To learn more about emoticons and their history, see the Wikipedia entry on Emoticons.