CONTRIBUTOR: Shahjahan Alhassan - 14th July 2002
E-mail, chat and mobile messaging all suffer from the problem of not being able convey the mood or tone of words being sent.
The words "You idiot!" could either be taken offensively or as a joke but with the use of smileys the feelings behind the words can be expressed.
Not only that, smileys can be used for more than just expressing emotions.
Visit one of the many chat rooms available and experiment with some of the smileys below.