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Blingo Buzz: March 2006

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Blingo Widget for Mac Dashboard

March 30, 2006 • Cool Tools & Browser Hacks

If you're a Mac user with the latest version of Mac OSX, you've probably noticed the new Dashboard feature. Well now someone has made a widget that lets you monitor the Blingo winner list from your dashboard. Pretty nifty.

Check it out. (We corrected this link.)

Of course this is not a product of Blingo itself, so use your own discretion when you download programs from the Internet. But when we tried it out it seemed pretty cool. Thanks Derek!

I wonder if this other fellow ever released his neat-looking Blingo widget for Konfabulator, another dashboard application? And there's yet another Konfabulator widget that we have not tried here.

A Thursday Afternoon Frenzy

March 30, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

Blingo gives away prizes all day every day, but sometimes — you never know when — we go a little nutty. A few days ago we decided to give away a ton of iPods (or $149 Visa Gift Cards, winner's choice) in a half hour.

Today we gave away 50 prizes in one hour. Most of them were Blingo Movie Tickets or iTunes Gift Certificates. Every winner got to choose. Which one would you pick? The Blingo Movie Ticket is good at tons of theaters across the country, and the iTunes Gift Certificate is good for 10 bucks worth of music or videos at the iTunes Music Store.

Oh, we also put three $25 Visa Gift Cards in the mix for good measure. Here's what the winner list looked like during the Frenzy with the crazy parts highlighted in yellow:

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For new users, notice the "+ friend" under some of the winners? That means we gave the same prize to the person who invited that winner. The Blingo Friends program is our way of rewarding people who invite their friends to Blingo. See how it works.

Congratulations to all of today's winners!

A Monday Frenzy of iPod Nanos

March 27, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

What? Another one? Yes, Blingo occasionally goes crazy, and today we had a Frenzy of nothing but iPod Nanos. Again. Take a look at this:

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We had several winners from California this time, and several from Pennsylvania. Maybe the Pennsylvania winners came to Blingo after they saw us on the Philadelphia news. If so, welcome!

Stay tuned for more Frenzies.

A Friday Evening Frenzy of iPod Nanos

March 24, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

Holy cow, a Frenzy of all iPod Nanos? Yep, for half an hour this afternoon we gave away nothing but iPod Nanos. Fourteen of them. And then we chased the Frenzy with a Visa Gift Card worth $100. Take a look at this snapshot of the winner list with the interesting parts highlighted in yellow:

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Congratulations to all of our winners! And congratulations to the friends who invited those winners to Blingo, because each of them gets a Nano, too. How to invite friends.

A Frenzy of Tickets, iTunes... and a Nano?!

March 21, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

Blingo gives out prizes all day every day, but sometimes we go into a Frenzy, giving away a bunch of stuff quickly to whatever searchers happen to be here at the moment.

Take this morning, for example, when we gave away 49 prizes in one hour. What were they? Movie tickets and iTunes gift certificates. Oh, and one lucky winner got an iPod Nano instead. How about that? (Actually he chose the $149 Visa Gift Card instead. All of our bigger prizes have that option.)

How fast was the Frenzy? Take a look:

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The winners came from all over these United States. And see the "+ friend" under some of the items? That means the person who invited that winner to use Blingo got a prize, too. Read about Blingo Friends.

Two More Frenzies Last Week

March 20, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

Last week we had two more Blingo Frenzies. In one we gave away almost 50 movie tickets and iTunes gift certificates (winner's choice) in an hour, and in the other we gave away almost 40 Visa Gift Cards worth $25 each. One was in the morning, the other in the evening. You just can't tell when they'll appear.

Here's a snapshot of our winner list during each Frenzy. Check out that velocity!

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We had winners from New York, Michigan, California, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, Texas, Massachusetts, Oregon, New Hampshire, Florida, Rhode Island, Idaho, Illinois, South Carolina, Connecticut, Nevada, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Georgia. Whew. That's a busy couple of hours.

Will there be a Frenzy this week? Or two or three? Watch and see.

A Tuesday Evening Frenzy

March 14, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

You never know when a Blingo Frenzy will happen. This evening for about half an hour we gave away $100 Visa Gift Cards, spaced just a few minutes — or seconds! — apart. Take a look:

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More Frenzies are on the way!

A Frenzy of $25 Visa Gift Cards

March 12, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

All day Sunday we gave away lots of goodies, as usual, but for an hour in the afternoon we distributed 40 Visa Gift Cards valued at $25 each. Look at the frenzied pace:

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You never know when a Frenzy will happen, and you never know which randomly chosen Blingo users will be caught up in it. Maybe the next one has your name on it.

Looking for an easier way to use Blingo? Try making Blingo your home page or use one of our toolbars or plugins. See how.

Today's Frenzy: 48 Movie Tickets in 1 hour.

March 9, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

What? Two days in a row? This afternoon, 48 movie tickets went sailing out our door before we even realized it. Here's a snapshot of the winner list:

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More Blingo Frenzies are on the way. Looking for tips on how to win? Check this page. It was written by people who have the inside scoop. (Us.)

Another Frenzy: 48 Prizes in One Hour.

March 8, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

As you know Blingo has recently gone nuts, on three separate occasions! Last week we suddenly threw four fistfuls of movie tickets and iTunes at our users. Then on Monday we gave away a bunch of $100 Visa Gift Cards — fourteen of them, actually — in one hour.

And just this morning we gave away 48 movie tickets and iTunes gift certificates (as usual, we let each winner choose), and we packed all 48 prizes into a single hour. We gave the 48 prizes to people who were just going about their normal search business and to the lucky friends who invited them. That's how the Blingo Friends program works: tell a friend, reap the rewards.

By the way, did you notice the iPod Nano that was mixed in with those 48 tix-n-tunes? Hey! How'd that get in there? (The lucky Nano winner chose to receive a $149 Visa Gift Card instead. Fine with us. Just don't spend it all on pennywhistles and moon pies.)

It was a frenzy of prizes, and more are on the way.

But you never know what, and you never know when.

Today's Frenzy: 14 $100 Gift Cards in 1 hour.

March 6, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

Earlier this month we announced the Blingo Frenzy, a short period of time where Blingo gives away prizes like crazy. Today (3/6) was our second Blingo Frenzy and we gave away 14 $100 Blingo Visa Gift Cards in one hour. Our winner's list is the best way to tell if a Frenzy is happening because you'll see a lot of prizes in a short time, like this:

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More Frenzies are on the way so pay attention to the Winner's List. And remind your Friends about Blingo.

Our first Frenzy: 100 Movie Tickets in 2 hours!

March 2, 2006 • Blingo Frenzy

A few days ago we announced the Blingo Frenzy, a short period of time where Blingo gives away prizes like crazy. Today (3/2) was our first Blingo Frenzy and we gave away 100 Movie Tickets and iTunes Gift Certificates over two Frenzies. Our winner's list is the best way to tell if a Frenzy is happening because you'll see a lot of prizes in a short time, like this:

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See the link that says Update? You can click that to update the list and see the winners in real time.

More Frenzies are on the way so pay attention to the Winner's List. And remind your Friends about Blingo.

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