BotlKing Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The  ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of  amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) and encourage donations to ALS research.

The challenge has become a media sensation, resulting in millions of video posts on Facebook and Twitter since July 29, 2014.  Most importantly, the viral phenomenon has raised over $94 million dollars for ALS research in the four weeks since that date!

The rules are simple: After a person has been challenged, he has 24 hours to accept the challenge, which requires them to make continuous video of him picking up a bucket of ice water and pouring it on his head, or having someone else pour it over him.  After completing the challenge, he can then call out names of others to issue the challenge to them, continuing the chain.  ice bucket challenge

A person can donate $100 to the ALS Association in lieu of taking the challenge. If they accept the challenge and complete it, they are encouraged to make a $10 donation. The donations are encouraged but not required.

BotlKing’s video response introduces a little playful variety from the typical Ice Bucket Challenge video; namely, it incorporates the popular “Keep Calm” and “Expectation vs. Reality” memes, and it issues a new challenge to Team Takei, the group of folks — including Brad Takei — who work with George Takei on his popular fan pages.

To open the botl, click anywhere on the shelf display or click here.

 

KEEP CALM and MAKE A LIST!

KEEP CALM AND MAKE A LIST BOTL.COM

Fans of the popular “Keep Calm” messages  will enjoy the daily, original botls posted by Botl user KeepCalm!

KeepCalm joined the Botl community in August of 2013 and has amassed a great collection of original botls for you to explore.  There are two or three new ones every day, each with an original Keep Calm message paired with the perfect song or sound effect. Some of the images are even animated!

Taking the advice in the Keep Calm post above, I’ll KEEP CALM and MAKE A LIST of my ten favorites.  Click on any of the images to open its botl and hear the music or sound effects!

1. KEEP CALM and BEE HAPPY

KEEP CALM AND BE HAPPY

2. KEEP CALM and TICKLE A TUMMY

KEEP CALM AND TICKLE A TUMMY BOTL.COM

3. KEEP CALM and KISS BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

KEEP CALM AND KISS BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON BOTL.COM

4. KEEP CALM and TAKE THE CHALLENGE

KEEP CALM AND TAKE THE CHALLENGE BOTL.COM ALS ICE

5. KEEP CALM and PUT A RING ON IT

KEEP CALM AND PUT A RING ON IT BOTL.COM

6. KEEP CALM and WRAP IT IN BACON

KEEP CALM AND WRAP IT IN BACON

7. KEEP CALM and GOOGLE IT

keep calm and google it botl.com

8. KEEP CALM and COUNT SHEEP

keep calm and count sheep botl.com gif don puryear

9. KEEP CALM and TAKE A SELFIE

KEEP CALM AND TAKE A SELFIE DRAGON BOTL.COM

10. KEEP CALM and GET THE HOLY WATER

KEEP CALM AND GET THE HOLY WATER BOTL.COM

Which is YOUR favorite?

Be sure to check out the whole collection, and follow KEEPCALM so you won’t miss any future botls!

Video Tour of Botl’s iPhone App


Botl has mobile apps available for free download for Apple’s  iPhone and iPad, and for Android’s smartphones and tablets.  This video tour will give you an overview of  how the apps work and how to navigate around them.

Use Botl’s mobile apps to:

  1. Create a Botl account using Facebook Connect.
  2. Log in to Botl using Facebook Connect OR username/email.
  3. View botls in a format optimized for your device.
  4. Open botls from your friends.
  5. Explore all public botls. (We have over 30,000!)
  6. Share botls to your followers and onto your other networks.
  7. Create botls using your images and video.
  8. Modify your profile description and settings.
  9. Select a default bottle for your messages.
  10. Find/Invite your Facebook friends.

Download Botl’s free mobile apps on iTunes and GooglePlay!

How to Edit a Completed Botl

Have you ever completed a botl and then realized you put the wrong title? Or maybe you forgot to add tags?

Well, that’s no longer a problem! We’ve added an “edit” button to your botls.

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To edit a botl you made in the past, simply open the botl and click the “edit this botl” button. A window will open, enabling you to edit the botl’s title, message and tags.

 

 

Botl Tags

Botl Tip: Add tags to your botls and rebotls to make them easier for others to find!

tags in open botl 2You put time and thought into each botl you create, and certainly you want as many people to enjoy those botls as possible, right? Well, one of the best steps you can take to increase your botls’ exposure is to simply add tags.

Let’s start with a little background about how tags work.

search botlsTAGS AS KEYWORDS
As keywords, tags are given the highest priority for purposes of Botl’s search function. For example, if a user enters “dog” as a search term, Botl will retrieve all botls with “dog” in their title, display name, messages or tags. In fact, in that example, botls with the tag “dog” would be treated as the most relevant.

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TAGS AS CATEGORIES
On content sites, users typically have preferences for specific categories of content. For example, one user may enjoy botls about dogs and cats, while another may like animated gifs or quotes. On Botl, tags create categories and make it easier for users to find the type of content they enjoy most. When a user clicks on a tag, Botl displays a wall of all public botls containing that specific tag. Users can then sort, filter and search within that tag’s wall.

To select a tag, place your cursor on it, which will change the tag’s color from light grey to dark grey. Then click the selected tag.  In the set of four tags shown above, I’ve selected “quote”.

botlr tagHOW TO ADD TAGS
New Botls: When creating a botl, enter tags in the tag field  just below the text editor in the botlr.
Completed Botls: 
For botls you made in the past, open the botl and click the “edit this botl” button. You can edit the botl’s title, message and tags in the window that opens.
Rebotls: The tag field is  just above the “rebotl” button when rebottling another user’s botl.

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  • Place your cursor in the tag field and enter the relevant tags.
  • Do not use the hashtag # symbol.
  • When entering more than one tag, separate each tag by a comma.
  • A tag can consist of two or more words, with spaces between them. Words not separated by a comma will be part of the same tag. In the example to the right, Pink Panther would be one tag.
  • In general, you do not need to put both the plural and singular form of words. Botl adds and subtracts a final “s” when performing tag searches, so the tag quote is treated as both quote and quotes.

For a video tutorial on tags, click here.

Botl of the Day: Iranian Happy Dance

happy dance

Six Iranian youth were arrested for making this video, dancing to Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy.”  Iranian officials stated that the video was “vulgar” and “obnoxious,” and that the actions of the youth violated the laws, culture and standards of normal behavior.  The rest of the world stood up for the youth, launching a viral protest on Twitter.

happy dance 2If you’re like me, watching this video will make you HAPPY.

I learned of this story when I came across the Iranian Happy Dance botl from AllThatGlitters, and I’m reminded to be grateful for the freedoms that we often take for granted.

To open the botl, click on the little “music bottle” on the shelf to the right.

And be sure to check out the other great botls from AllThatGlitters while you’re there!