Different chat symbols can be generated by hitting a combination of keys. These symbols, mostly are used to express oneself and can be easily used in your favorite IM programs or email. There are also some popular symbols those which can just be typed in and many people have already been using them since ages.
|Symbol||Meaning of the symbol|
|:)||for a smile or expressing happiness|
|:(||for expressing sadness|
|:D||for expressing joy|
|:X||for tight lips|
|:$||for expressing embarrassment|
|-_-||sleepy or losing hope|
|:o)||denotes a clown|
|:-B||denotes a geek|
|:@)||denotes a pig|
|☺||smile||Alt Key + 257|
|☻||dark smile||Alt Key + 258|
|♥||heart||Alt Key + 259|
|♠||spade||Alt Key + 262|
|♦||diamond||Alt Key + 260|
|♣||club||Alt Key + 261|
|♀||female sign||Alt Key + 268|
|♫||music or singing||Alt Key + 270|
|☼||sun||Alt Key + 271|
Using the ALT key combination, you can try and generate as many different types of symbols as possible. Go ahead, give it a try!
If you wish to go one step further and be truly unique, try and seek for ASCII art. Using ASCII art, you can generate full pictures using just computer symbols.