How do you put emotion into your writing? How about all uppercase letters here and there? That looks like SHOUTING. Not so good, right?
The reality is this. There are only a few ways to embed a little emotion into your writing (when called for). SHOUTING. Astute use of words and phrases (requires talent and experience). Or, the use of emoticons.
Shout, Smile, Spit Venom And Bile
If you’ve ever entered a smiley face Emoticon into an email or note or text, then you’ve used one of the most common ways to drop in a little emotion to your communication.
Emoticons are those facial expressions represented by punctuation and letters.
They’re cute. They’re annoying. They’re sophomoric, juvenile, and inappropriate in formal communication.
Yet, for all the negatives, Emoticons do one thing very well. They communicate effectively (and, sometimes, moronically). Here’s an inexpensive, easy, attractive way to drop some emotion into your Mac notes, email, and documents.
And, Lamoji is drop dead easy to use. It resides as a Menubar app so you can point and click your way to the emotions you want to insert into your text.
There’s not much to Lamoji. It features 466 different emojis which you can drop into text with a click.
Keyboard shortcuts open and close Lamoji. Select the emotion you want, and it drops right into your text.
Besides the juvenile communication effect, Lamoji comes with one other drawback. It’s Mac OS X Lion only, and only available from the Mac App Store, so there’s no try-before-you-buy option.
Fortunately, Lamoji is dirt cheap. And there’s a version for your iPhone or iPad, so your emotional responses can stay consistent from device to device. As you may have suspected, Lamoji was developed by a real teenager.