Happy 25th, LOL!

LOL wird diesen Monat angeblich 25 Jahre alt, das genaue Datum lässt sich wohl nicht wirklich feststellen: Der Guardian datiert die erste Verwendung auf den Newsletter der FidoNet Association vom 8. Mai 1989, jemand namens Wayne Pearson ist laut Wikipedia der erste in einem BBS gewesen, wahrscheinlich stimmt beides. Herzlichen Glückwunsch, ROFLCopter!

"LOL was first coined on a BBS called Viewline in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in the early to mid-Eighties. A friend of mine who went by [the name] Sprout (and I believe he still does) had said something so funny in the teleconference room that I found myself truly laughing out loud, echoing off the walls of my kitchen. That's when 'LOL' was first used.

"We of course had ways of portraying amusement in chat rooms before that (>grin< >laugh< *smile*) and the gamut of smiley faces, but I felt that none of them really got across the fact that the other person just made you feel foolish by laughing out loud in a room all by yourself (or worse, with other family members in another room, thinking you quite odd!)." Unfortunately, Pearson didn't keep any records of his purported first use of the term, so we can be sure of only 25 candles on the LOL birthday cake.

The Independent: LOL! The acronym that made the internet turns 25 - here's how we got here