BTTV, also known as BetterTTV, is a third-party extension that allows Twitch users to use additional emotes in chat. Many of the most popular emotes on Twitch emotes are actually BTTV emotes that can only be seen by people who use the extension. Those without the extension will only see the text of the emote in chat.
How to Use BetterTTV Emotes
To use BetterTTV, all you need to do is install the extension, then upload emotes that can be used on your own Twitch channel. After installing BTTV (instructions below), complete the following steps:
Login using your Twitch information, then authorize BTTV to access your account.
Click “Dashboard” in the top left-hand side of your screen (if you aren’t already on the dashboard).
Upload your own emotes that can be used by the viewers on your channel. Choose easy-to-remember names for your emotes so that they can be typed easily.
Decide whether or not you want to share your emote globally.
Click the “I agree to the Emote Guidelines” button.
Upload your emote.
Your emote will generally be uploaded and approved within a week’s time. Then you will b e able to try them out in chat.
How to Install BTTV
Installing the BTTV extension is easy. All you have to do is go to the BetterTTV website and click the download button. It will take you to the right extension for your browser.
Once you have installed it, all you need to do is log in to your account and you will be able to upload channel emotes to BTTV or select 15 that you can use on any channel with your account.
Most Popular BTTV Emotes
Some of those most popular emotes used on Twitch are BTTV emotes that are based on popular memes. Here are a couple of examples:
LUL and Other Twitch Emotes
There have been many Twitch global emotes that have been modified in multiple ways on BTTV. One of the most common examples of this is the LUL emote. There are well over 2 dozen variations of the LUL emote on BTTV (some of which are animated), allowing people to use and celebrate it in various ways.
Pepe the Frog Emotes
Many of the most popular BTTV emotes are based on the Pepe the Frog emotes. The Pepe emotes are based on the comic character created by Matt Furie for his single-panel comic called, “Boys Club.”
Pepe as a meme started on 4chan and due to the alt-right culture of the platform, the Pepe symbol was later added to the Anti-Defamation League’s list of hate symbols. Matt Furie was very troubled by his creation’s downfall as a symbol of hate speech and worked to defend it as a part of the “Save Pepe” campaign. Eventually, Furie killed off the character in his comic.
It is important to note that the majority of people who use Pepe emotes are not being malicious when doing so and many people are unaware of the history. Pepe has simply become a part of Twitch culture.
BTTV emotes allow people to communicate in another way, full of memes and inside jokes. It has created another culture within an already strong community.