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Using the smiley face emoji at work makes coworkers think you’re dumb 🙂

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It has been scientifically proven that the more you smile the more people like you, but it turns out this this pattern might not necessarily translate all that well in the language of emoji.

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam, the University of Haifa and the Ben-Gurion University in Israel have discovered that using smiley face emoticons in formal business communication could be causing your colleagues and customers to doubt your brains.

“Our findings provide first-time evidence that, contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence,” Ben-Gurion’s post-doctorate fellow Dr. Ella Glikson told EurekAlert. “In formal business e-mails, a smiley is not a smile.”

The research, which has been published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science Journal under the title The Dark Side of a Smiley, asked 549 participants from 29 different countries to read work-related emails from unknown people in order to evaluate the competence and warmth of the sender.

To make things more interesting, some emails contained smiley face emoji while others didn’t. The outcome revealed that, contrary to smiling in person, the smiley emoticons had no effect on these aspects in online communication.

In fact, the researchers discovered that smiley face emoji bore a negative impact on the receiver’s perception of the sender.

“The study also found that when the participants were asked to respond to e-mails on formal matters, their answers were more detailed and they included more content-related information when the e-mail did not include a smiley,” Glikson remarked. She also noted that smileys undermine information sharing.

The experiment also showed that, when anonymous, senders who included smiley face emoticons in their emails were often presumed to be women. This, however, had no relation to the evaluation of the individual’s competence or friendliness factors.

Glikson further added that, while “[p]eople tend to assume that a smiley is a virtual smile, but the findings of this study show that in the case of the workplace, at least as far as initial ‘encounters’ are concerned, this is incorrect.”

So next time you want to establish your aptitude with your remote-working higher-ups and customers, better forget about the 🙂 emoji.

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WhatsApp ditches Apple’s emoji to unveil its own unnecessary alternative

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WhatsApp will no longer rely on Apple for its emoji: The Facebook-owned company has introduced its own set of emoticons – that nobody asked for.

The new designs are currently available in the latest beta version of the app for Android, according to Emojipedia which first spotted the change. Up until now, the popular messenger used the Apple emoji set on both iOS and Android, as well as the web.

Despite taking the initiative to put together its own designs, WhatsApp certainly didn’t hesitate to draw inspiration from Apple’s own emoji – and the influence is difficult to ignore.

While the new emoticons will likely appeal to some users more than the old ones, this move seems like an unnecessary effort given that the new designs will likely confuse both Android and iOS users. Quite frankly, there is already too much choice when it comes to emoji.

The new set of emoji has yet to make its way to iOS – but will likely land on Apple’s mobile operating system in the near future. That is, if the company deems the Android trial successful enough to implement the same designs on iOS.

But since this is still merely a beta version, I wouldn’t get too happy – or mad – about the new emoji before WhatsApp has taken the steps to roll out the new sketches in the official release.

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Go anywhere and speak to anyone with uTalk language education — starting under $20

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You can watch live streaming video from literally every corner of the globe. You can Skype with friends and associates virtually anywhere. Heck, you can jump on a plane and be actually standing on almost any point on Earth within a matter of hours. With our world getting smaller by the day, it’s never been more important to learn how to communicate with your fellow Earthlings, which means adding another language or two to your toolkit.

Thankfully, it’s also never been easier to acquire those linguistic skills, thanks to training like this lifetime subscription to uTalk Language Education, which you can pick up now for as low as $19.99 from TNW Deals.

With the advantage of video and recordings of actual native speakers, your training dumps the old middle school language arts curriculum in favor of a modern learning approach. You’ll drill on key everyday words, phrases and general knowledge that’ll not only have you conversant in another tongue but able to speak it with the experience and familiar intonation of a native.

Technology pushes forward again as you test your new-found skills with valuable speaking games geared toward testing your progress. In addition to charting your achievement, the training also helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses with your new language.

Best of all, you can study your uTalk lessons anywhere on virtually any device. Log in and you can pick up your training wherever you are, whenever you’ve got the time.

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Understand social media — and make some serious cash — for only $29

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Here are some numbers assured to make you feel old. Ninety percent of young adults from 18 to 29 years old are regular social media users. Meanwhile, a full third of those millennials say using social media is their preferred method of communicating directly with a business.

Right now, you can learn how to reach out and communicate your brand messages directly to an open and receptive audience — on any number of top social media platforms — with the Social Media Rockstar learning package. The full seven-course bundle is available right now for $29 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.

This full-scale barrage of digital marketing do’s and don’ts examines the whole of the social media landscape, then focuses deeper on six social network titans. You’ll uncover the best approaches for amplifying your message on each particular platform as well as convert more interested samplers into brand loyalists.

Your introductory course (Your A-Z Guide to Making Cash on Social Media) lays the groundwork for making money on the web. From there, you’ll take a closer look at Facebook (Learn the Secrets of Facebook Marketing Pros), Twitter (The Complete Twitter Marketing Bootcamp 2017), Instagram (The Complete Instagram Marketing 2017 Training), YouTube (The Ultimate YouTube Diva Course: Get Paid to Make Videos), Snapchat (Snapchat Marketing: Grow Your Audience With Snapchat 2017) and Pinterest (The Guide to Pinterest Marketing).

Best of all, each of these examinations of the most popular social media venues is geared toward monetizing you, your product, and your creations, giving all this education hardline profitability you won’t find with most learning packages.

Learn how to get the most out of social media with this bundle, valued at nearly $1,400, but slashed down to the infinitely manageable price of just $29 while this offer lasts.

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