What Is A Cookie – HTTP, Web, Browser Or Chocolate Chip Cookie

by Sherry Riter in Blog tips  ,Blogger,Wordpress

What Is A Cookie?

A cookie, grammatically speaking, is a noun and pronounced ?ku?-k?

The first definition of cookie that comes to my mind is a small, flat or slightly raised cake, usually sweet and eaten as dessert unless the person has very little self-control and eats cookies before meals or in lieu of a meal. Not that I know anyone like that, but I thought I would just throw it out there (smile)

The Redhead Riter's Chocolate Chip Cookie

Moving right on to the next definition. Cookie can also be a guy or person such as, “The high school valedictorian is one smart cookie and already started his own computer programming company.” Cookie can also mean an attractive woman. We could use it in a sentence like, “Gina Lollobrigida, a buxom Italian cookie, was an iconic sex symbol in the 1950’s. Gina co-starred with Yul Brynner in Solomon and Sheba in 1959.”

Gina Lollobridida

However, there is a third definition of cookie that I wanted to tell you about today. If you use the internet, chances are you have heard of cookies in the context of your computer usage. This type of cookie is also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie. A cookie is a small file or part of a file containing personal information and is stored on the computer. This cookie is read by the browser and can be used to:

  • identify how a user initially got to the website
  • record the website pages visited
  • identification of a user session
  • to keep a user’s customized preferences in order to show relevant content in the future
  • store shopping cart contents
  • authenticate the user
  • anything else that is accomplished by storing text data

So when you shop online or visit a site with advertising banners, cookies about your visit are sent to the original site (the company that owns the banners). They use this information to determine how often their banner is seen or products are viewed. Those are just a couple of examples of when cookies are collected.

3rd party banner collecting cookies
Now that Web browser cookies are no longer a mystery, I am going to enjoy one of those flat, sweet dessert type of cookies. I will think of you while I enjoy them.

Fleeting thoughts count.

Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Redhead Riter

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Holly August 28, 2011 at 5:21 am

The only cookie I'm interested in is the first one… and the pic you posted looks good enough to eat… Trying not to drool on my keyboard. (((HUGS))) to you, RED!! I know I'm rarely around, but I'm still kicking and still have a soft spot in my heart for all my blog friends. It's been a crazy summer. :


2 Lisa August 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

Great explanation of the web cookies. The others are making me hungry! They look so delicious.


3 Katherines Corner August 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm

giggle, you crack me up. Love your cookie info, Now enjoy that sweet one xo


4 The Polka Dot Princess August 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Hi there! What a cute blog! I found you on mommybloggers and I'm excited to follow you. If you get a second, go check out my blog. 🙂
Have a magical day!


5 Blue Cotton Memory August 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Those nutritional cookies look totally yum. What I want to know about those computer cookies is why they seem bad for computers? HHhhhmmm – maybe not so nutritional?


6 Teresa Wilkinson 1984 August 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Hi Red, I am so glad you cleared that up for me. Actually your example cleared up my complicated definition I had stored. A pot more fun too. Love ya Teresa


7 Gifts By Katherine August 31, 2011 at 12:30 am

Stopping by to leave a little ? on your blog. Sorry I've been absent lately. Hugs!


8 Jessica September 3, 2011 at 3:28 am

Well now I want a cookie and we have none.


9 Katherines Corner September 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Happy Saturday I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend. Hugs!


10 Dave September 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Those are some scrumptious looking cookies. Interesting blog you have here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


11 John Myste September 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I want that cookie!


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