There are all kinds of smileys that you can download for your computer, but the ones that will help you express yourself the most are known as smiley emoticons. They will let you really state how you feel by adding a whole new dimension to your blogging and instant messaging while online.
Smileys and emoticons were used, or rather invented, by a man named Harvey Ball while he worked for a life insurance company. Ball invented the iconic smiley face, but never patented or copyrighted his creation, so he subsequently never earned any profit for his brainchild. His smileys are in wide use today and used the world over in all kinds of applications such as instant messaging clients such as Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger since renamed Windows Live Messenger and more places.
Smiley emoticons are a little different that other smileys in that they are used to express emotions. Other kinds of smileys such as animal smileys, baby smileys, computer smileys, fighting smileys, jumping smileys, sick smileys and some others don’t necessarily express emotions although they do express other things.
The smileys that express emotions are ones that are sad, happy, ashamed, indifferent, mean, cranky, winking and laughing smileys. You can use these in your blog posts, on your web pages, in email messages, in forum posts and just about anywhere you can post anything on the web.
Getting these smileys is very easy. All you have to do is download a toolbar and then they will be available to you instantly any time you want to use them for any reason. It only takes about 20 seconds to install these smileys and you are then off to use them at any time and in any situation.