Create the world’s greatest emoticon

Happy birthday SmileyThe emoticon reaches the ripe old age of 25 this year. To celebrate this milestone Yahoo! is running a competition for people to submit their own expressions for inclusion in the next collection of Yahoo! Messenger emoticons.

While Yahoo! is suggesting entrants send photos of themselves pulling their favorite expressions, you might want to consider going the whole hog and using a specialist emoticon designer to make your own. Emote Maker provides a series of advanced tools for creating smilies, applying effects, rotating, flipping and even blending colours. It even supports animation, so you can ensure those losers in the competition will be laughing on the other side of their faces once you’ve finished your head-turning creation.

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