Emoticons are little ASCII faces that are added to Internet documents (usually email messages) to provide emphasis and humor.

ASCIItable.com:: What is ASCII?

Does this title make any sense?
WindWeaver.com:: Smileys and Emoticons for Effective Communication

Emoticons are created using ASCII art.
ASCII-Art.com:: Joan Stark -- ASCII Artist

Juniper-Crescent.co.uk:: Smiley Street

Formal communications should be free of emoticons.

Update::2011.09.19

This GDT::Bit was created during the latter part of the 20th century. I decided to update this webpage after receiving a "This Day In Tech" tweet from Wired.com on 19 September 2011.

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