Emoticons: From Smileys To Same Sex Partners

Emoticons have been now around for 30 years and have been through quite a few changes, reflecting both the technical capabilities of the medium as well as social mores. These "emotional icons" seek to liven up email and other text messages with concise universally-recognized indications of mood and attitude, using a minimum of characters (see below). On the cutting edge, Apple's new iOS 6 mobile operating system also features a few "gay" icons, featuring same sex partners. We've come a long way, baby! ABC New has a brief history here.

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