Google’s Gmail, of course, is not the first to use emoticons. Just about all web-based mail has the option.
Quick quiz! Tell me what this Gmail emoticon represents:
Yeah, that’s what I thought it was, too.
How about this one?
Yeah, same thing.
If that’s not awesome I don’t know what is (note my sarcasm).
Want to know what’s even better? To waste as much time as possible when composing e-mails, Gmail has 169 emoticons to choose from.
Did I say Gmail was awesome? I meant super-cool-awesome. 169 emoticons? Oh yeah. That’s top drawer stuff. Never mind the inability to sort mail without a filter, because darn it, emoticons come first.
A gallery of dopey emoticons
Gmail’s emoticons (the first 79):
(I like the cow.)
(You never know when you need a sheep icon, right? And yes, MICROSOFT BOB IS IN HOTMAIL AS AN EMOTICON – ugh..)