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!

How to Put a Vine Video into a Botl

Kitty PoolVine videos — or “vines” — are six-second, looped videos.

Botl users can bottle and share Vine videos by using the embed code provided for each vine. In a sense, vines are much like animated GIFs paired with sound effects or a ringtone. Vine videos can add great variety to your botl collection!

To view a sample botl containing a vine, click on the paw-print bottle sitting on the shelf to the right…and enjoy a BIG cat splashing around in a little pool! (Note: If audio is muted when viewing vines, click on the little speaker icon in the top left corner of the video display to unmute audio.)

It’s quick and easy to upload a vine into the botlr, so let’s go through the process step-by-step.

STEP 1: Log in to Vine and find the video you would like to share. Vine has a great search engine, so you can search by keyword, or you can click on one of Vine’s great channel options. Vine channels

STEP 2: When you have located the desired video, click on the elipses — the three dots — in the bottom right corner under the video display. Click on the word Embed. vine embed code

STEP 3: A panel will open, displaying the video’s embed code.  Click the toggle to select Audio autoplay ON. Left-mouse click inside the box containing the embed code, which will highlight the code.  Right-mouse click to copy the embed code.

Vine Video Embed Code

STEP 4: Open the botlr and click the Video button. Botl supports video from SocialCam, Viddy, Vimeo, Vine and YouTube. Click on the circle to the left of Vine, which will open a field for the embed code.  Left-mouse click inside that field to put your cursor there, and then right-mouse click to paste in the embed code you just copied. Next, click the Preview button to finish uploading the Vine video and to see that you’ve uploaded the correct one.

Uploading Vine into Botlr

Note the little speaker with an X in the top left corner of the Vine video preview. By default, audio is muted in Vine videos, so if the vine’s audio is muted when you open a botl, simply click on that X to unmute the audio.

STEP 5: Complete the botl as usual, adding a title and, if desired, a text message and tags. Then click Botl It! and your botl will be distributed to your followers and added to your personal botl collection.

TIP: Add “vine” as a tag in the botls you make containing Vine videos so Botl users who search for Vines by keyword or tag will find your botl!

For the video tutorial How to Put a Vine Video in a Botl, click here.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at don@botl.com.

 

Botl of the Day: Cinco de Mayo

brunson cinco de mayoFeliz Cinco de Mayo from Brunson!

In case you were wondering, Brunson isn’t the world’s biggest chihuahua. No, this adorable guy is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog!

Brunson wishes everyone a Happy Cinco de Mayo, and to help set the mood, he’s posing in his pink & blue sombrero.

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday to celebrate Mexican Heritage. The holiday originated from an unlikely victory during a battle in Puebla, Mexico, and it has become a very popular celebration in the United States, particularly in cities with large Mexican American populations, like Los Angeles and Houston.

To open the Cinco de Mayo botl, click on the blue paw-print bottle sitting here on its shelf.

And while you’re there, be sure to check out the other great botls in Brunson‘s collection!

How to Put a Soundcloud Track or Looped Excerpt in a Botl

intelligent life quoteSoundcloud is to music what YouTube is to video.

In Botl, users can bottle and share a Soundcloud track by itself, or they can pair it with an image or animated GIF.

For example, the “Anybody Out There?” botl contains an image and a looped excerpt of the Close Encounters theme. To open the botl, click on the ink bottle sitting on the shelf to the right.

Botl users can share an entire Soundcloud track, or they can share an excerpt of the track by selecting a start time, an end time, or both. Addtionally, they can loop the excerpt so that it will continue to play until a botl is closed.

If a botl contains audio but no image content, Botl will display a default music botl image.

So now let’s go through the steps for uploading a Soundcloud track into the botlr, as well as the process for selecting and looping an excerpt from that track.

STEP 1: Use Soundcloud’s search field to find the song or sound effect you would like to use.

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STEP 2: Click the share button, and then copy the share link/URL for the desired track.

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STEP 3: Click the Soundcloud button inside the botlr, and paste the Soundcloud share link in the field provided.

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By default, a Soundcloud track will play from beginning to end, so if you would like to include the entire song, simply click the preview button to upload the track into the botlr.

To select a different starting point, enter the time in minutes and seconds where you would like the track to begin playing — For example, entering 0:14 would cause the track to start playing 14 seconds into the original track.

To select a different stopping point, enter the time in minutes and seconds where you would like the track to stop playing –For example, entering 1:22 would cause the track to stop playing 1 minute and 22 seconds in to the original track.

A looped excerpt will continue playing the entire time a botl is open. To loop an excerpt, click the box beside Loop to put a check mark in it.

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After entering your desired start and/or end times and making a selection to loop the excerpt or not, click the preview button to upload the track with your selections.

STEP 4: Your Soundcloud selection will appear in the botlr.

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You can bottle and share the Soundcloud track/excerpt by itself, or you can add an image or animated GIF to it by clicking the Picture arrow on the left and going through the normal process for uploading an image.

titanic botl

And now let me share a fun botl that combines an animated GIF with a looped excerpt of the Titanic theme song.

To open the botl, click on the heart-labeled wine bottle on the shelf to the right.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at don@botl.com.

 

 

Botl of the Day: Leap of Faith

leap of faith Have you ever seen a chimpanzee walking his dog? Well, it’s kind of ADORABLE!

Botlr PlainAndSimple made the Leap of Faith botl by taking an animated GIF of a chimpanzee walking his pet French Bulldog, and then adding a song from Botl’s music library.

Strolling through the Park One Day is certainly the perfect song to combine with this GIF!

To open the Leap of Faith botl and enjoy its little show, click on the blue paw-print bottle sitting here on its shelf.

After you enjoy the little show, check out the other great botls in PlainAndSimple‘s collection!