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Trick question: There are NO good ways to use emoticons.
The real solution is to stop using emoticons:
The whole xkcd TED Talk comic is #541: http://xkcd.com/541/
Mitt Romney's Twitter Nemesis - Businessweek
Oh, great, I fell into a sarchasm.
If I wrote Fortune Cookies, by Jeff Wysaki of Pleated Jeans