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At home I most often use
You have all ten fingers free to type when you're on a hands-free speaker phone. When you're tied up typing on a chat site, you don't. :-)
Not to mention that voice communications are typically orders of magnitude *faster*, especially when it comes to convenying intagibles like mood and personality.
I use POTS and a modem for email, for example...
Use two parentheses: (Like this: :) )
Use one parenthesis: (Like this: :)
Reverse direction of the smiley: (Like this: (: )
Use angle/square brackets instead of parentheses
Use C-style commenting to set the smiley off from the closing parenthesis
Make the smiley a dunce: (:>
I disapprove of emoticons
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