Blinking guy also referred to as Drew Scanlon Reaction is a GIF, depicting Drew Scanlon, a podcaster at Giant Bomb.
The GIF is used as a reaction image to convey surprised disbelief.
It is also a multi panel meme format, called First Guy To.
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The first instance of “Blinking Guy” was seen on December 6th, 2013, when a new episode of Unprofessional Fridays aired.
It was first posted as a GIF under a comic about Kanye West on the video game forum NeoGAF on July 27th, 2015.
Spread and Usage
The GIF started gaining mass popularity in 2017, on Twitter.
Scanlon turned into an even bigger meme in 2019, when a multi panel format was created, using his blinks, known as the First Guy To meme.