Sometimes a picture's worth a thousand words. That's why emoticons are great.
That said, with the new ones now, there's tyranny of choice! A major negative by-product of the new infusion is that the primary selection to the left of the message body no longer has the most commonly used ones like the yellow wink and laugh.
This got me to thinking: Is it possible to customize the emoticons to reflect the ones a user most often uses? It would be great to populate it with ones you use the most. Maybe some kinda drag and drop??
Also, this seems like somthing that could be automated as well; every time you click on one, it stays in the primary list until it's bumped off. It would be just like "see your posts" made possible by the login.
Just some thoughts...