As people become busier and busier, it is difficult to find ways to interact and meet people, to set up those all important first meetings which you hope will lead to more meetings. Increasingly for busy people, online dating services have become a convenient, safe way to make initial contacts with others. Often times, once you meet someone through an online dating site, you may continue your friendship through instant messages. However, it is difficult to make an impression when "conversing" online. How can the person you are speaking with know more about the intent of your words? How can you let the other person know if you mean to be funny or ironic? How can you let your new friend "see" your personality when all a person can really see is your typing?
Instant messenger emoticons provide an excellent method for letting the person on the other end of your instant messages get to know the real you. There are thousands of instant messenger emoticons available and they allow you to show a wide range of feelings through your instant messages. You can use instant messenger emoticons to let someone know if you are happy or sad, being sarcastic or being sincere. Instant messenger emoticons can also provide insight into your likes or dislikes, your hobbies, your profession, your favorites sporting teams. Some internet service providers also make it possible to use your instant messenger emoticons as the theme for your entire webpage and all of the e-mail that you send out.
If your internet service provider is America Online, then you have an amazing array of instant messenger emoticons from which to choose. There are more than four thousand different images to choose from in a wide variety of styles. AOL instant messenger icons include the traditional smileys. Other instant messenger emoticons available on AOL include icons such as sports figures and current recording artists as well as animals, musical images, seasonal favorites and many others. You can show your team spirit by choosing images from your favorite sports teams. AOL has a new instant messenger called the SuperBuddy. A SuperBuddy will become animated according to the emotion you are using him to portray. You can also use AOL instant messenger icons as wallpaper for your computer monitor.
One popular feature of America Online instant messenger icons is the 1-Click Themes option. When you choose a 1-Click theme, you receive four different items. Your buddy icon will denote the theme. There will be sounds that will follow the thematic idea. Thematic computer wallpaper is also available. Also, traditional smileys that incorporate the theme will be available. You may choose one or all of these options to be incorporated into your website.
Most of the instant messenger emoticons on AOL are free. Some of the newer and more innovative AOL instant messenger icons may be purchased in a low cost package. All of them will add variety, excitement and emotion to the internet messages you exchange with your new friends.