Emoticons: Keep Them Out of Posts

I have a little pet peeve that I want to share with all of you. I hate seeing emoticons in posts. Those little images of happy or sad faces do not equal a thousand words, despite what you have heard about images.

Even worse, on some blogs they are styled incorrectly, and either have too much or too little spacing, and don’t align properly with the surrounding text. And don’t get me started on the ones with borders around them!

Emoticons should only be used in the occasional comment, and in e-mails or instant messaging conversations.

Some people might think that personal blog posts can be spruced up with emoticons, but I think it just waves the lack of professionalism in the face of everyone that reads the post.

So please, I beg of you, don’t use emoticons in your post.

0 thoughts on “Emoticons: Keep Them Out of Posts

  1. Matt Jones

    I really think this is down to the individual. It’s fine if you don’t use emoticons but they can be useful. For example they are by far the easyest way of showing you were joking about something.

  2. David

    I disagree. Writers have been adding jokes in text form long before emoticons came around. I think people that want to use an emoticon, should go back, re-read what they wrote, and see if they can say it in a different way so that the readers understand that it is a joke, a sad moment, or something to be happy about, rather than just sticking in what I consider “instant messaging laziness”.

  3. almostgotit

    I’m afraid I agree with Matt, particularly the smiley face 🙂 I don’t use them too often in the body of a post, but often do in the comments section, as part of the conversation. You are right that we’ve been using text to communicate for some time now. And since approx 50% of oral communication involves non-verbal stuff as well, written text has always been a little different than the spoken word. More recently, however, electronic communication has begun to distinguish itself even a bit further, and things like emoticons are becoming increasingly acceptable in that format (particularly in e-mail — but I’d submit that e-mail should be just as professional as a blog post, and both are part of an increasingly VISUAL medium, in which photos, emoticons, and the like are almost analogous to hand gestures and facial expressions in an oral conversation…)

  4. Pingback: How badges, emoticons and javascript widgets can ruin your traffic

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *