I would characterize my experience online as a “neverending quest to find a new emoticon.” It’s like alchemy really, or coining a new phrase. Just imagine creating an emoticon that suddenly captures the national consciousness. When :>$ is the most used emoticon of 2011, you’ll know who to thank. 😀
Regardless, I’ve put together an infographic that will guide you through the difficult, complex waters of conveying emotion in a digital world. Imagine the disaster of using an 😛 when a :-/ is appropriate.
This is real, ladies and gentlemen, don’t mess it up.
I hope you feel the same sense of liberation I felt after finishing this infographic. Now go forth, and emote wisely.