Thanks again for your reply!
i dont agree with you in that emotes are just plain context markers ,
as Sara Kiesler states in her report, The social psychological aspects of computer mediated communication, messages on the computer tend to become de-personalised and therefore loose thier meanings , she states that in one computer journal when refering to chat they warn that you " tend to forget you are talking to a real person and not just a computer" the abiltiy to use such emotes also gives status to that person in the chat room. the more frequently and at seen ease one uses the emotes the more status one has over fellow chatters, thus creating a society in a computer world. (my oppinion not hers!
the diffences in chat and emails in my oppinion and i have yet to proove this from research i am going to do , which still noone has ofered any ideas on??????
i feel that emotes arent just things such as smiley faces and such things but also the way in which you type the word itself such as if exentuating a word they elongate it as such heeeelllllllllloooooooo this gives the impression the typist is excited and happy if just typing in mono sylabulls then the impression is that the typist is sad or despondent. i think that in chat things are different to emails or notice boards as the response is imediate.
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