Yahoo Messenger conducts survey to mark 25th anniversary of emoticons

MUMBAI:Yahoo Messenger is celebrating the 25th anniversary of emoticons, the popular feature on the messenger service.

As part of the emoticon celebration, Yahoo conducted a
survey of 40,000 Yahoo! Messenger users, to reveal where and how emoticons play a role in everyday communication. The major findings of the survey say that 82 percent of those who use Yahoo! Messenger daily use emoticons in their IM conversations.

83 percent of respondents said that ‘happiness‘ and ‘flirting‘ are the emotions they express most often using emoticons.

The survey also reveals that 66 per cent of Yahoo! Messenger users have memorized the text characters for three or more emoticons whereas 19 per cent of respondents have memorized more than 10.

The majority of survey respondents say they best express themselves in IM using emoticons. 61 per cent rely on emoticons to best express their feelings, while 17 per cent rely on Internet slang and 13 per cent rely on photo sharing.

Respondents from the ages of 19 to 25 are the most avid emoticon users, with 68 per cent in this age group using emoticons on a daily basis. But it‘s not just the younger generation embracing emoticons - 48 per cent of respondents over the age of 50 are using emoticons in their everyday communication.

Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University was the first person to bring in to use his form of non verbal communication, states an official release.


"For 25 years, the ‘smiley‘ :) and his happy parenthetical-powered friends have added a critical layer of expression to our daily online conversations. When you can‘t hear someone‘s voice or see their face, emoticons are there to help us express what simple words can‘t," said Yahoo! Messenger VP Jeff Bonforte.

"Nearly 85 per cent of people using Yahoo! Messenger daily rely on emoticons to add color and character to their communication. Our users are the experts and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the emoticon, we are asking Yahoo! Messenger users to create the next generation of smiley faces" added Bonforte.


As a part of this celebration Yahoo is also running a contest wherein the consumers are invited to submit their favourite expressions to compete for the next set of emoticons. The winners‘ emoticons will be featured on Yahoo! Messenger‘s service worldwide.

Yahoo! Messenger will add six new animated emoticons to its service in the coming months. To enter Yahoo! Messenger‘s Emoticontest, go to: /emoticontest.php and submit a photo of a signature look or favorite expression. The Bix online community will vote on the submissions and determine the next generation of emoticons in Yahoo! Messenger. The contest is running in the U.S., India and Vietnam until 31 July.

Latest Reads
Pune Times joins hands with the Pune Police to launch the 'City Safe' app, as part of #MakeMyCitySafe initiative

Pune Times, city supplement of leading media house, The Times of India, has joined hands with Pune Police to support an initiative for women’s safety in the city. Pune Times has launched its campaign #MakeMyCitySafe as a big shout out to the youth of Pune to come together to make the city safer...

Technology Software Applications
HAL Robotics ropes in Navanit Samaiyar as board member and advisor

MUMBAI: HAL Robotics has roped in Navanit Samaiyar as its board member and advisor. Samaiyar has a record of setting up, scaling and transforming businesses across a very wide cross section of industries spanning from IT/ ITeS to steel, telecom, engineering goods, earthmoving machinery, logistics...

Technology Hardware Components
Republic TV launches Android app

MUMBAI: Republic TV is on a roll. From rocking the ratings chart in launch week itself to going international, the channel has added one more accomplishment to its kitty. The Republic TV Android app is now live.

Technology Software Applications
STB cos in India, China enhancing features, providing customised solutions, Technavio enlists top vendors

MUMBAI: The global STB market is characterised by intense competition as the market is saturated in developed countries. The market share of these players is declining because of the entry of new players. The STB companies are enhancing the features of STBs and providing customised solutions to...

Technology Hardware Set-top Boxes
India's PFT Clear Media ERP suite to help US' PBS content delivery

MUMBAI: Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, announced that its CLEAR™ Media ERP Suite has been selected by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to enhance their Network Operations Center (NOC) ecosystem efficiencies and sustainability, with the objective of reducing...

Technology Software Applications
Broadcasters, OTTs to gain as Via adds xHE-AAC at special rate

MUMBAI: Via Licensing Corporation, a intellectual property solutions provider, has announced the upcoming availability of Extended High Efficiency AAC (xHE-AAC) as part of the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) patent pool. The expanded patent pool licence will be available at no additional cost to...

Technology Software Applications
Tata Comm to deliver Motorsport videos on global devices

MUMBAI: Tata Communications will now deliver video content for viewers' all devices over its global network. The two have partnered to power the growth of the network’s internet television platforms.

Technology Software Applications
How to create live video content sans pros, convert radio broadcast into visual show

MUMBAI: ChyronHego will be showcasing its live production, automation solutions at Broadcast India show in Mumbai in mid-October.

Technology Software Applications
Sony renews IP licence deal with TiVo

MUMBAI: TiVo Corporation, a leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, has announced that Sony Corporation, a leader in consumer electronics, has renewed its multi-year intellectual property (IP) licence agreement. The license to TiVo’s patent portfolios covers all of Sony’s...

Technology Software Applications

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories