Hi there and welcome to the site
. As those of you who have come here often you will notice a major site redesign, I really hope all my visitors new and seasoned like it as much as I do.
There's plenty of free content to be found here, feel free to browse the site and hotlink to anything you like. There are several pages of smiley faces that you can hotlink to, all in various categories and the list is always growing.There's also several pages of wallpapers that are split into 2 main groups, 1600x1200 wallpapers and 1440x900 widescreen wallpapers with 2 pages of extended smiley wallpapers. You can even hotlink to them all if you need to, smileys, avatars and wallpapers, for the avatars and wallpapers just right click and select properties and you can copy paste the url into your forum, website, blog, myspace or other social networking site that allows background images. The only thing I ask is that if you run a busy site and anticpate to draw on alot of my resources a link back would be nice, thanks!
The emoticon, a portmanteau of Emotion Iconization or Emotion Icons, an emoticon, also called a smiley or smiley face, started life off as a sequence of ordinary printable ascii characters, or a small image, intended to represent a human facial expression and convey an emotion. Smiley Faces are a form of paralanguage commonly used as extended interpunction symbols in e-mail, online chat, bulletin boards, instant messaging and Internet forums; without them simple statements could be easily misinterpreted.
Around about 1981, Scott Fahlman (now a Principal Research Scientist in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University), came up with a scheme for encoding and conveying one's feelings in small text "glyphs" to overcome this frustration.
According to popular etymology, the emoticon, is a a combination of emotion and icon. The verticon (from vertical and icon), is often used when referring to the East Asian style of emoticon.
In the common ascii smiley :-) the colon represents the eyes, the bracket for the mouth and the hyphen is for the nose.
Since Scott's idea in the early 80's the ascii emoticons have evolved and many variations exist all imparting some level of emotion in a textual medium. As HTML evolved to include graphics someone came up with the idea of using the traditional graphic smiley face that could be used on internet forums around the world, the level of detail added in these smileys is often quite remarkable and can show complicated but repeatable animations.
If there's anything not on the site that you'd like to see drop me a note, a link to my email can be found to the left and at the bottom of the page. I'm always interested in adding more free content, if you are a smiley maker, or you have something to do with smileys in general and want to contribute something feel free to drop me a note too, I don't mind giving credit for the content I display and it could help you garner more visitors for your own site if you have one.