blinkie

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Etymology[edit]

blink +‎ -ie

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blinkie ‎(plural blinkies)

  1. (Internet) A small animated graphic for use on a webpage, usually taking the form of a picture or phrase with blinking lights around it.
    • 2007, Lisa Nakamura, Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet
      The buddyicon.info Web site offers thousands of AIM buddy icons (28838 by my most recent count), as well as "away" icons and "blinkies" []
    • 2007, Joelle Reeder, Katherine Scoleri, The IT Girl's Guide to Blogging with Moxie
      You want people to be able to find your entries; try to keep the extra bling, like distracting scripts and blinkies, to a minimum.
    • 2012, Kim Golombisky, Rebecca Hagen, White Space is Not Your Enemy
      Don't animate your visuals to blink ad infinitum. Set a small-file blinkie to turn off after no more than three passes at whatever it is your blinkie does.
  2. (retail, colloquial) A coupon dispenser with blinking lights to draw the attention of shoppers.
    • 2013, Kasey Knight Trenum, Couponing for the Rest of Us
      These are blinkies. When you walk up to them there is usually a coupon sticking out. Snag the coupon and another one just like it will pop out in a few seconds. Blinkies have a special place in my heart.

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