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Tink! Part 4 ... They Can't Believe His Blinking Eyes!

As tink! was continuing to perplex and befuddle the vast majority of the New Kids on the Block fan base, the word in and of itself still eluded many us. As the mystery remained clouded, Jordan Knight, the pied piper himself played an online version of 20 questions. Tens of thousands of followers continued to submit guesses which were returned with simple "yes" or "no" responses. And just as this post was being written... Jordan Knight revealed his meaning of tink!  However, based on the research of  one very shrewd private investigator. I think her investigation in this case came closer to demystifying tink! than Jordan's blinking eyes!

the imaginary sound of eyeballs springing open!the imaginary sound of eyeballs springing open!
So where do we start? Well, as all good detectives are prone to do, it important to go back to the source... or in criminology terms..."the actual scene of the crime." As all of you who have been following this case know, tink! was originally introduced on Twitter. So wouldn't it make sense that tink! potentially have something to do with Twitter? By Jove, I think we are on to something!

Detective Krystle BeauchampDetective Krystle BeauchampSo at the crime scene, we find Ms. Krystle Beauchamp turning over tweets, discarding erroneous clues while swearing to take no prisoners. Describing herself as "one stealth sleuth", Ms. Krystle Beauchamp, a Louisiana lass currently residing in Shreveport has been hard at work working the time-lines and piecing together the tweeted clues in a very methodical fashion.


And this is what she was able to uncover...

April 22 @ 8:22 AM:  "tink!" is tweeted for the first time from the web, and 2 more times throughout the course of the day.

April 23 @ 5:29 PM: "Dante is here with me and he says hi to everyone!!! I'm giving his a twitter education." (very important clue).

April 23 @ 5:38 PM: "Dante is gonna make a video of me demonstrating what tink! is.. I'll put it on the website or something..."

But 2 days past and no video?

April 25 @8:56 PM: "Dante says he'll catch "tink!" when it happens tomorrow. You and I will have to trust him..."

A day passes... and our sleuth is realizing that patterns are starting to emerge. Recently she downloaded the Twitterberry app to her Blackberry to receive her tweets remotely.  In so doing she realized that she could set Twitterberrry to power up at certain times and when it did power up... it sounded a "TINK/CHIME." (Eureka!)

Then Jordan Knight tweeted again:

April 26 @ 12:32 pm: "Dante got it! He got Tink! on camera!!! I'm sure it will happen again today but now it doesnt matter.........he was there..he made it happen!"

Now it occurred to her that perhaps JK was setting his Twitterberry to power up in the AM, and that TwitterberryTwitterberryeven though he didn't tweet about it until afternoon, that Dante who was now trained on Twitter and the Twitterberry was schooled enough to know to get up and videotape the Twitterberry sounded off at the time that his father set it, some where around 8:20 AM, according to the first time Jordan ever tweeted tink!

However on April 30, it appears he may have slept through the 8:20 Tink! wake-up call:

April 30  @ 9:48am: --"Tink! :)............oh man......I'm late!" - The TINK/CHIME woke him up later than he wanted to get up...

Then on May 1st, it looks the Twitterberry powered up too early!

May 1 @ 7:26am: "Tink!..........ahhh it's too early for this!!!!

On May 3, JK realizes that not only does the TINK/CHIME sound happen when the Twitterberry powers up, it also occurs when new tweets are coming in and the Twitterberry downloads randomly which is the import of the next tweet:

 @ 8:45pm: --"I know its getting old but it just happens. just out of the blue, all of the sudden...................Tink!!!!"

And then again very early, it sounded like it broke his sleep at 1:43 AM

May 5 @ 1:43 AM:"Man, what a day I had!!! I went to the gym, did a bunch of stuff at the house, played with the kids and then zzzzzzz......zzzzzzzzz.... arghh....... hmph... zzzzzzzzz...ahhhhh.......zzzzzz Tink!........huh?.........hmph.........zzzzzzzzz."
 
On May 6 when he answered the tweet "Do you like TINK?," he answered with a "YES and NO, mostly yes!"

According to our Ace Detective, she interprets this tweet to mean "yes because he likes getting tweets from the fans, but no, because they come at inconvenient times throughout the day" causing the Twitterberry to download tinks! randomly.

AND THEN THE CLINCHER.... on..May 7 @ 8:53 PM, when he was asked if  tink! has anything to do with him waking up he responded with... "Close... it has to DO with me waking up."

Now apparently, Jordan could turn off the "TINK/CHIME" and change it to vibrate, but it is our guess he keeps it "as is," to extend the life of this amusing parlor game he is playing with his fans! It's our guess that what started off as a random event on Twitter,  and probably would have been dismissed. if his fans hadn't started  to qusetion what tink! was all about.  When the zeitgeist on Twitter took hold, Jordan became fascinated with the Seinfeldian way something trivial could manifest itself into becoming a trend setter!

If you've read the "Top Ten Things "tink!" could Be?" you know that all my previous tink! guesses had been vetoed including a "kiss from his son" and the "tink" sound that a hummingbird makes. And if you read "Tink! takes on a Life of Its Own" you've seen the cartoon, heard the tink! before you tweet slogan and know where to purchase the tink! merchandise. This week the Urban Dictionary even added tink! to its pages.

TWEET CHALLENGETWEET CHALLENGESo now looking forward, and starting now... I have a challenge for all of you. Since Jordan Knight just scooped us with the  "sound of his eyelids" interpretation of tink! ??? I would like each one of you to send him off the following tweet..

RT tink! Part 4 ... they can't believe his blinking eyes!  http://tinyurl.com/co3fsd


Detective Krystle BeauchampDetective Krystle BeauchampSo is the case wrapped up?...even though Krystle didn't crack the case? Did the pretty policy adviser for hurricane recovery in Louisiana use her stealth sleuth savvy wisely to weave an interesting tale? Even though she wasn't correct, I give her props for working the clues and making believers out of a lot of ust!

Oh, and PS, if you are thinking about  getting a Twitterberry yourself, my advice is to keep it on vibrate! This last two weeks of tinking has given me a tweetin' headache!

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Comments
May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

Oh, JK...

If you've made your way to this blog, you probably already know that JK has made "the big reveal" on tink - an imaginary sound. An IMAGINARY SOUND. Clearly my girl Krystle had a MUCH better theory and/or reveal than JK :) And I'll admit, I 100% agreed with her when she explained the theory to me... I also encouraged her to come forward with the theory. Blame Louisiana, not Krystle.

But JK... baby... although I've always been a Donnie girl, I have mad love for you, too... and all I can say is... seriously?! sigh

Love the NK, love JK, no hate mail for either of us please :)

--@laura_thompson

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

Enigmatic Tink?

Ahhh, the Tink Phenomenon! That guy is a genius! He says one random word, and leads the twitter world into a merry dance!! Enuff said...

Why does Jordan knight need to retink his definition? Did u have shares in this? Ron I thought u were redeaming urself, but looks like ur losing it again... remember what happened last time? Lets not go there!

@twistedbunny

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

totally better

Krystle - I like your definition of Tink better :o)

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

TiNk!

Krystle, your guess was so much better than mine! I said fart, LOL! Big ups to you for going the distance! Oh what those men DO to us :) Keep sleuthing, you know he isn't done!

JORDAN, I THINK THIS DESERVES A SHOUT OUT!!

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

WOW

I am impressed that you went this far...it does make sense, I see it! I have a Blackberry too. And now that you mention it, that defaut chime does sound tink-ish! That tricky Jordan. :)

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

I agreed with whoever said

I agreed with whoever said jordan needs to give krystal a shoutout! Jordan you should give her a prize lol

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

MUHAHA?

Somewhere, in a dark corner, Jordan Knight is reading this with clasped hands and evil laughter. At least the counter theory makes good sense! Way to go Jordan for keeping these girls across the world in a tizzy. Let's keep the critical thinking going. Congratulate this girl and find a new word to befuddle the masses?

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

Butters

Thinking Ashton may need to take back the PTA because of Jordan's antics... ;)

--SRG

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

Tink

I figured it was something obnoxiously simple, and this just shows exactly how insane we as NKOTB fans are. I tried to revise my urban dictionary definition but it wouldnt let me, so I submitted my addition..and they DENIED it....block blockers!!! I have submitted it again, hopefully it will go through soon

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

lol

tink has been untink by the Jk..

Paulidwgirl

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

hmmm

Are Krystle and Jordan Knight in cahoots? Maybe this is leading into Tink Part 2? What ever happened to that video?

Either way, it's a cute article...lol

Rs

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

Tink

I just loved this little game Jordan played with us. Tink! ended up being so sweet and magical. I love it, and I will now start using it often :-P

NKOTB Rocks!

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

Call her!

Give that girl a prize...or a call...isn't that the newest contest win?

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

TINK!

Now that the mystery is cracked, I can finally go to sleep in peace and quiet . . . TINK! Crap! LOL.

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

ashton hand ovr the pta!

its jk's all the way! keepm movin' jordan...thats why we love u!!! ~jordan girl forever~

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

i believe!

so ijust played with twitterberry to understand this hype..i dunno jordan, it really seems like she was on to something..that sound does sound like a tink.

thanks for giving us something to play along with. it makes us feel closer to you guys!

-ash

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

Tink!

thank you for your articles. I love JK even more now! I love games, especially his games--it was great! I asked for another!!! Now every morning when I wake up, the first thing I think of Tink! and think of the beautiful Jordan Knight!
NKgirl_Kelly

Ps it's was too early to Tink! This morning but I love to tink--I wake up to Jordan's beautiful voice singing "Close to you" :)

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

jordan

i thought it was fun and i also loved that fact it made us feel closer to him. love how they interact with us more on this twitter!! love ya JK your awsome.

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

I knew it!! : )

I tweeted last night that you would be on this like white on rice Ron! You, too, were just sitting there on the edge of your seat last night,waiting for the big reveal. Jordan made a lurker out of you! ; )

It was fun to be able to share with each other last night. Are there any other NKOTB terms for us to guess? The Scooby Squad requests a new mystery! : )

Jessica/sparklej76

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

fabulous theory!

Girl you should be the one going to NY tomorrow!!!! or at least get a prize! I think your interpretation of Tink! is sooo good!!!

Ireande

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

That is freaken incredible

That is freaken incredible and the government thought Jordan was creating some kind of threat. The Tink phenomenon was totally fun, Jordan Knight rocks!!!! Thats why hes my favorite since 1985... Love ya tons JK... Joana (JobeeK)

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

Oh Ron...

You've come a long way since your first Tink tale...congrats.

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

one of my favorite nerds

is ms. krystle beauchamp

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

new game!

Agree...this is funny. You should write a new blog chronicling the quest to get jordan to admit that this girl's interpretation is funnier than his.

And this girl apparently needs a government raise because she has mad 'sleuthing skills'.

Hopefully Jordan sees this and gives her some love.

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

$$$

Government raises are in order for everyone involved!!! Just sayin... :)

-@laura_thompson

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

GENIUS!

I like this. A lot. Did Jordan?

May 7, 2009
by Anonymous

Tink....

Well... Tink is the imaginary sound of the stars falling down like rain-drops.
e Jordan?

asteroskoni76 (Greece)

May 8, 2009
by Anonymous

??

do we know if Jordan gave this girl some points for creativity yet? I'm going to be sad if he didn't.....

May 9, 2009
by Anonymous

ok i watch today show and

ok i watch today show and jordan tink...he should have pulled out his phone instead of blink.

-xi lao

May 9, 2009
by Anonymous

hi jordan knight

i tink joordan and jonathan
jenny gibson