Of course, there was no surfing of the 'net prior to the www and Mosaic, right? Well after the 1960s.
I think it's interesting that all the LOLs, BRB, etc (what are they called, collectively?) as well as text-based emoticons allegedly originated with the cost per character of texting. My boss is Japanese and she said it's poor form to forward email in Japan because people are still paying cost per character, and since it's all done by phone, you're costing your friends a fortune in doing that. She said emoticons rule because they're economical. So take that etiquette traditionalists! The birth of your child now gets you a special baby-smiley-emoticon in lieu of a note of congratulations. Emoticons for everything.
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