I have looked and looked and looked: they're nowhere to be found. They should be in every text message, in most facebook profiles, in all emails somewhere, but no. Nowhere to be found.
I reluctantly started using emoticons when I first got a job. It was more out of being used to seeing them than because I thought they really brought something to my story. I found them childish.
Then I found them useful.
And used them so much all my emails were childish.
Thus, back to school with Generation Facebook kids, I expected to see them everywhere! But no: they do use points. Double points. Brackets. Slashes... All of them, but on they own!
Now, I couldn't be the childish-sounding one, really.
I had to readapt.
Learn how to say Thank you with actual words, and how to try and be motivating (very important writing skill when trying to make a movie!) without smiling on my keyboard.
Hard. Hard. Hard.
RIP emoticons :(
PS: please note the hardcore use of punctuation here.