When you ;) in work email are your colleagues :( ? The New York Times recently published a piece about the increased use of emoticons in professional correspondence. It seems that while many people find the tiny smiles, winks and frowns save time and even alleviate confusion, many recipients are hopping >:( . One woman even threw the book, presumably a thesaurus, at offenders when she chose to "de-friend" people for using such text. Begging the question, which is more juvenile: using unsophisticated internet slang ... or a smiley face?!
I have no idea if that read the way it sounded in my head, so :) just in case.