Jordan Knight, one of the five aging boy-band troubadours who make up New Kids On The Block sent out a tweet on April 23, at 1:14AM, with the simple enigmatic word: "tink!" From that day forward, tens of 1000s of tweets have flooded into the Twitterverse questioning what he meant by that!
Up until the time of this posting on April 26, 2009, tweeps continue to be left in the dark, with only a handful of updates from Knight, the most recent of which noted: "Dante is gonna make a video of me demonstrating what Tink! is... I'll put it on the website or something..."
While we wait to find out if Ashton Kutcher is hiding in the bushes ready to send us a "punk'd," tweet or whether this is a desperate attempt on the part of a fading recording artist to revive his failing career - time will tell.
But in the meantime, while those of us with nothing better to do than keep a watchful eye on Twitter's trending reports, I thought it might be fun to conjecture WTF "tink!" could possibly mean?... and then at the end of this blog have you all vote on what you think is the most likely hidden meaning!
TOP TEN THINGS "tink!' COULD BE?
Clinking of Glasses
Sound of a Hummingbird
A silent gas emitted rectally
Short for "stink"
Short for "tinkle"
Short for Tinkerbell
Acronym - Tweeting Interest in New Kids
tink! spelled backwards is KNIT!
(and I have no clue what KNIT is an acronym for?)
New single off of the latest New Kids on the Block CD
None of the Above
Ron Callari (not a Hater, just a Blogger!)Update: Since this blog was posted, I have received over 1000 "hate" tweets, 100 "hate" comments and 1 tweet from Jordan Knight himself. So obviously the New Kids on the Block are back and furiously popular once again.
As the writer of this blog and poll, I found it more than amazing that a recording artist could capture the imagination of his fans by posting an inane word like "tink" on Twitter. And then watch his adoring fans tweet themselves silly for the last 96 hours in hopes they will be the first to uncover its meaning. I was even more amazed when I described Jordan Knight as a potentially failing artist. It was a point of conjecture on my part, but in the course of the last 4 days I have received more "hate" tweets than I can shake a stick at. (Sorry about that ladies!)
But even Jordan Knight himself noted my blog in one of his recent tweets, and apparently he was pleased that somebody was writing about the 'tink' phenomenon--->
Jordan Knight's email referring to this blog!
So maybe if the man himself can rise above a mild critique, his fans should take notice and follow suit. After all, your visit to this blog reinforces his popularity!
So as a social media experiment, Jordan Knight, my hat is off to you. Bravo on rallying your troops behind something you have kept secret for so long. While in the history of viral marketing this will not go down as one of the greatest examples, it is none the less a very valiant attempt of using the Internet to create a buzz... and direct it to do one's bidding!
Well I hope that I gotcha you tinking...give us your thoughts by voting for the best guess as to WTF you tink tink! is? Survey results will be available here and on twitter. Tweet http://twitter.com/roncallari with your thoughts, comments and additional ideas!