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.
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
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.