Linda Maye Adams

Triberr Review: Useful Tool or Shiny Toy?


Does social media eat into your writing time?  There are plenty of social media tools that can help with reducing the time spent, while others can turn unexpectedly into time black holes.  I like checking out new tools, because sometimes I can find one that helps me out.

So what about Tribber?  I was introduced to it in Kristen Lamb’s class.  All the “We Are Not Alone” (WANA) writers of the class jumped into, built a tribe, and started sharing blog posts.  Triberr is a fancy blog reader.   Where it’s different from other blog readers is that you are getting all the blogs from your group, or tribe.  You can “Approve” or “Like” a blog post and send a link to it over Twitter.  There’s also a discussion section similar to Facebook.  The whole idea behind it is to support your tribe, and to reach a larger audience.

Digital image of five computers connected together on a grid, with a cityscape in the background.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT

It made all these blogs easy to scan and read.   I’m all for anything that cuts some of the time involved with social media.  It was also fun interacting with the other writers.  When I saw people sending out my links, it felt like maybe I was being successful in my blog.

THE PROBLEM AREAS

There’s two:

1. The Help section is terrible.   It’s poorly organized and incomplete.  I ran across a useful topic by accident but when someone else asked about the same topic, I could not find it again.  Other topics frustrated me because terminology was not explained.  A visitor should not have to go outside the site to find information about the site.

2. Link Spamming.  This was the more problematic area for me.  Initially, I thought it was great to see my blog getting tweeted out everywhere.  But then I started to notice that people doing the tweeting weren’t visiting the blog itself.  They either had Triberr set to autotweet, or were just clicking send.  I want people to send my links because they think my posts have value.  Otherwise, it adds to all the junk on Twitter now.  Many bloggers like me are selective about the links we send.  I read everything  first before I send it out to make sure it’s going to be relevant to my brand and platform.

Triberr has since turned up for link spamming — from writers in my WANA group! — on Twit Cleaner.

RECOMMENDATION FOR THE BUSY WRITER

Is it worth your time to help promote your platform?  In my opinion, it’s a shiny toy.  It looks cool, will consume time, but will not help you build your platform.

For you: Have you tried Tribber?  What has been your experience with it?  Post your commentsbelow.

18 Comments

  1. Author Kristen Lamb

    I actually had to write a post chastising some of the WANAs for using Triberr as a substitute for being present. No automation can replace the human touch. I like Triberr because it helps me keep up with everyone’s blogs, but if I set everything to auto-tweet than I just defeat my purpose for being on social media. Triberr is DEATH if set to automation with hash tags and is a really great way to get kicked off Twitter. Thanks for the trackback!

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    • I think way too many people are looking for the easy way of staying visible and don’t realize that automated tweets is a way to become invisible, Kristen.

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  2. Thanks, Linda. This was very helpful info on Triberr. I have toyed with joining but somehow haven’t found the time. I remember seeing Kristen’s note about the automation problem, but I like the idea of being able to see everyone’s blogs posted in one place. Maybe this summer…

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  3. Hi Linda,

    I’ll tell you this. No one has called Triberr “shiny”, so I’d like to thank you for that 🙂

    Our goal is to help little bloggers get more exposure. And we are extremely under-qualified to do that, but no one else is doing it, so, it’s on us.

    We’re aware of some of the shortcomings. Help section and documentation is a bane of our existence. We dont have time, or manpower, to keep up with it. And things change so quickly that we have to make a choice of going slow and documenting everything or going fast and actually improving the site.

    We’re not very smart, so we chose to go fast 🙂

    We have several community members who’ve picked up slack. An entire site dedicated to Triberr how-tos http://alltriberr.com

    Members helping each other inside Bonfires. Skype sessions on monday nights, etc.

    We try 🙂

    As for link spamming, I have to second what Kristen said above. Triberr helps you get more exposure but it’s not a substitute for engagement. When we conceived of Triberr, the idea was to free up time from doing mundane, repetitive tasks, so that more time can be had for actual engagement.

    Also, you definitely want to be critical of who you tribe up with. Dont trade numbers for quality.

    Anyways…Ima stop typing now cuz it feels like I just wrote a post 🙂

    Thnx for writing about us, and I’ll see you around Bonfires 🙂

    Dino
    Founder of Triberr

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Dino. I do think it’s a great idea, but it seems like anything social media is being commandeered by people who send link after link after link out too many links (Linked In and Facebook suffer from the same problem). The worst culprits seem to be writers who are screaming to be noticed by sending out link after link and end being unnoticeable. I’m wondering what the long-term effects of this will be on social media programs.

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      • It seams that when people join Triberr, their first instinct is to join tribes. We are on one hand trying to fight this notion, and on the other, creating tools that would make the process of joining tribes more natural.

        Discover Your Tribe feature is a step in that direction. http://triberr.com/intro/?pg=discover It allows you to brose tribes/posts, leave comments and Triberr suggests you for inclusion into a tribe to the chief.

        More importantly, the approach we were hoping people would take (and many do) is to build tribes. It’s a subtle but fundamental shift in logic.

        Triberr is a platform to build tribes. This now means that you can control who is in your tribe and you can take personal responsibility how the tribe behaves. From everything, like posting frequency on blog, to posting frequency on twitter, to topics, to whatever else you like.

        Thats the idea, anyways 🙂

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  4. Reetta Raitanen

    I have yet to jump the Triberr bandwagon despite hearing so many good things about it. It’s on my to do list for this week now. Thanks for the warning about the dangers. I’m with you in wanting to read any post before promoting it.

    And how cool that Kristen Lamb and Dino Doggan dropped by your blog 😀 Talk about picking an influential topic.

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    • Hi Reetta 🙂

      I hope you do jump on Triberr, and I kinda forgot to mention something regarding sparse documentation on Triberr.

      The platform, like any other growing platform, has had its glitchy moments. And we do suck at creating help docs, but these two negatives have had one amazingly positive effect on the Triberr community.

      Our members can always reach out to us via twitter, bonfires, or email, and we’re always there to help. Which creates a much closer bond than if members had no issues what so ever, and if they had help docs readily available.

      Counterintuitive, I know. But our shortcomings have turned Triberr into a much stronger community 🙂

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  5. I like that I can see a list of blogs I want to read. To make it not seem spammy, I try to add brief epigraphs or hashtags as often as possible when I read. If a post doesn’t resonate with me I don’t tweet it. I have not, however, found that it has upped my number of visits that much. It’s not the magic PR bullet it might seem to be.

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  6. I really like Triberr. It creates more time to read more blogs than I would ordinarily be able to get to. They are conveniently in one place-easy to click in and out of blogs to comment and put in hashtags, etc.

    But, I have joined more than the Wana tribe and that is becoming a problem. There are only a few of those bloggers that I really want to read or support in that other tribe. I’ve come to the realization that I will have to cut the cord and drop out of that group. I think this post and all the comments have helped me make that decision. Good post. ( I still have to check out Twit Cleaner). Thanks

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    • That’s one of the problems — it’s easy to accumulate more tribes, but not necessarily get good quality with that. I like my blog reader (Google) because I pick the blogs I want to look at it, and I can take off any that aren’t what I need any more.

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  7. Hi, Linda. I came to your blog by way of a Google search on “Triberr Review.” I’m new to the site after having heard some good things about it and am still kinda fumbling around there. How great that Dino weighed in — that’s the mark of a passionate founder, and it’s encouraging to see how hands-on they are. Cool site you have here, too.

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  8. I did the Triberr circuit for a while and enjoyed the ride until my posts began to appear as spam to some of my followers I really valued a lot.

    The main thing I think they could do to help this issue is make the Triberr-generated posts immediately evident as Triberr-generated. The tiny little “via” tag at the end doesn’t help.

    Before I finally gave up, I’d started prefacing the blogs I tweeted with a tag (#blogshare). I felt this helped, but not enough others caught on to use it on my own posts and I didn’t want to name all my blog post titles beginning with the hashtag. All I really wanted was to identify that a.) The post I’m tweeting is NOT my own and b.) My post everyone else is tweeting is NOT their own.

    Aside from that, there is very little value in having your link tweeted to kingdom come if no one tweeting it has read it and can offer an opinion on it. I am guilty of having auto-tweeted to keep up with group member expectations of their ROI.

    I started getting grumple mail and tweets from others who’d read the links I’d tweeted, that I’d not read myself and found myself trying to disassociate from ones with opinions that were far from mine. That was when I started using the hashtag I’d mentioned above, and reading every post I tweeted. And then it became too time consuming.

    It is a good idea, but human nature being what it is…it just wasn’t working for me.

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  9. The information and posts have been very helpful. I was extremely curious about Triberr and now I have something to think about. Thank you everyone.

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