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For Seniors: How to Communicate Graphically with Emoticons on eBay

By Marsha Collier

Many eBay users add emoticons to communicate graphically on eBay. Many experienced posters to the board have cute little smiley icons (called emoticons) next to their posts to show emotion. Emoticons can help indicate whether the writer is being (for example) sincere, ironic, or goofy about what he wrote. The following table shows how you too can doll up (or clarify) your posts with a little emotion.

You can type the keyboard shortcuts or use the HTML image links to display your chosen icon. Be sure not to put spaces between the characters in the key combinations. Using HTML is pretty easy; just pick the expression of your choice and insert the image link as a command. For example, here’s the command for a blushing smiley:

<img src="http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/blush.gif"> 
Emoticon Expression Key Combinations HTML Image Link
Angry X – ( http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/angry.gif
Cool B – ) http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/cool.gif
Devilish ] : ) http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/devil.gif
Open-mouth smile : D http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/grin.gif
Smiling : ) http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/happy.gif
Smiling with heart: love : x http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/love.gif
Straight-faced : | http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/plain.gif
Frowning : ( http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/sad.gif
Shocked or surprised : O http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/shocked.gif
Being silly, with tongue stuck out : p http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/silly.gif
Winking ; ) http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/wink.gif
Question mark on cheek: confused ? : | http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/confused.gif
Blushing : 8 } http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/blush.gif
Sobbing : _ | http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/cry.gif
Laughing : ^ O http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/laugh.gif
Full of mischief ; http://groups.ebay.com/images/emoticons/mischief.gif