As a freelancer I recently got in contact with a russian agency on LinkedIn. This person used the 'russian-style smile face' ) quite a lot.
In order to sympathize with this person I was tempted to use it too. Would it be okay to use it as a non-russian-speaking person, or does it seem unauthentic?
:is on the
жkey in Russian keyboard, which makes
:)being used by Russians noticeably less frequent than the rest of the world. If anything, you may notice Russians sometimes use
=)when you'd expect a
:). That also warrants why a simple
)is used instead of a
:). As you can see, this way to write a smiley is originated in Russian typing and caused by saving time switching between English and Russian characters. I guess that as a primarily English/German (?) keyboard user switching from
)is not really something that's expected from you.