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Hour 14. Joining a Mailing List > Adding Personality with Smileys and Shorthand

Adding Personality with Smileys and Shorthand

Over the years, a system of symbols and shorthand has developed to enable folks to be more expressive in their messages: Smileys and shorthand. You'll see both used online often, in discussion groups and in email.

Note

Although I show you smileys and shorthand next, I'm doing so mainly to help you understand them in messages you receive. Except for the occasional, simple smiley face, I don't recommend using these in your contributions to discussion groups.

There are many newcomers online today who don't know smileys or shorthand, so if you use these, many of your readers won't understand you. Try to put all of your meaning in your words, so everybody gets the message.



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