(Preface: I apologize to my beloved readers who are not also bloggers, as this post may not be of much interest to you. However, you’re welcome to stay!)

So, here’s Triberr in a nutshell, for those who have no clue what I’m talking about:

  • Bloggers (who are also on Twitter) join tribes, with the idea being that you tweet out the headlines of and links to your Tribesmates blog posts through the Triberr site.

I joined months ago, and while tribes have merged and reorganized, I’m still mixed in with a group of mainly Canadian mom bloggers (pretty much all part of the same niche).

Every day I log on and “approve” which of my Tribesmates’ posts I would like sent out through my Twitter stream, to my 2400ish Twitter followers. What I started out doing was approving them all. I know these women write quality, appropriate content and realize that topics that might not be of great interest to me just might appeal to my followers, so why not share it all? And of course, since they’re all (theoretically) doing the same for me, my posts are getting promoted to a much wider audience (as I currently have a total reach of over 111,000 Twitter followers through my Tribesmates’ accounts). Seems like a fantastic idea, right?

Here are some of the tidbits that have plagued or just niggled away at me:

  • Just to start with, does the 111,000 “reach” stat take into account that my 21 tribesmates and I probably have a large number of overlapping followers?
  • While Triberr (and Triberr enthusiasts) assert that the Tribe membership doesn’t need to be “quid pro quo”, that really isn’t how I see it. I thought the idea was to join a Tribe you would be proud to promote, and other than sensitive issues you want to avoid (e.g. religious or political topics, “adult” posts) you should pretty much be approving all of your Tribesmates’ work. Then I realized that while I had tweeted out up to 60 posts a month for some bloggers, they had not bothered to approve a single one of mine, and only 5 or 6 other bloggers are regularly tweeting my posts. I realize that everything I publish isn’t award-worthy, but it’s clean, usually uncontroversial, and (I believe) certainly in the league of my fellow Tribesmates, quality-wise. So what’s going on?
  • One blogger let the rest of the group know that she would only be tweeting out posts that fit in her “niche” (let’s say it’s crafts). I appreciate being informed of that, but since I very rarely post about crafts, she will never be sharing my work…so is it fair that I’m always promoting hers? Many would argue that it’s not supposed to be about that…but if that’s why I joined, then maybe it’s time for me to “unjoin”?
  • Another kind (and I mean that sincerely) blogger shared with me that she is actually part of several tribes, and the list of posts to approve is prohibitively long for her (which I totally understand). But while there isn’t supposed to be a pressure to “reciprocate”, I kind of resent spending so much time retweeting posts for others who are literally never doing the same for me. (Especially considering I only post 8 – 10 times per month; I’m not exactly flooding the tribal stream.)
  • Despite the fact that I only have 21 other people in my group, I do agree that it is time consuming to go through and make the approvals. (Posts with forbidden keywords -“giveaway”, “win”, etc. – require an extra step to retweet as well, adding to time spent.) And I will openly admit that I do not read every single post that I share. I don’t have the time, and I have faith in the work of my Tribesmates, so I have never thought it necessary. Others pride themselves on reading every word of posts they share, which is admirable and probably what I should be doing too.
  • I’m starting to feel like my Twitter followers are getting “spammed” by me and these links all of the time. At one point I was sending out at least a dozen of these a day, yet sending out authentic tweets with my own thoughts only a few times per week. The ratio didn’t feel right. I feel especially guilty since I’m sure my group members and I share a lot of followers in common, who are then seeing the same links pop up ad nauseum in their Twitter streams.

Now that I’ve shared all that, are there advantages to Triberr? Well, sure. I do enjoy having these gals’ posts listed in one place for me to check out, rather than seeking them out individually on their own blogs (and it’s also neat to see who’s writing about the same topics or reviewing the same products as I am).

And of course I am thrilled to get extra traffic coming my way…but I don’t actually find it’s that much. In the last month, my most popular posts got 10 clicks thanks to my Tribesmates tweeting them out. Most of my posts get clicked on around 3 or 4 times because of Triberr.

So what is my future on Triberr? I have now started my own little “quid pro quo” check before clicking on “approve”. If I’ve written 9 posts this month and someone only sent out 1, then I think it’s fair to cap her at 40 per month from my end for now.

I really would love to know what others think about this. Are there non-bloggers on Twitter who are annoyed by these Triberr tweets (usually ending in “via @twitternameoforiginalblogger”), or do you appreciate the exposure to the work of others? And Triberr members: am I the only over-sensitive one out there, or does anyone feel the way I do? Do you feel it should be fairly reciprocal, or not at all? Do you feel like you’re investing much time in it, and if so, do the rewards outweigh the time spent?

5 comments on “Is Triberr Worth It?”

  1. I LOVE this post! I was thinking about it as a new Triberr and you and I seem to have the same mindset as you in regard to ensuring I'm not spamming people but at the same token I would like to make more connections. I really appreciate your post as you wrote exactly what you felt! Thank you!

  2. Hi,

    I think you're making the right move by building your own tribe. Thats the best way to control the quality and relevance of people who's content you're committed to share.

    Thnx for writing about us. We appreciate it more than we can say 🙂

    Founder of Triberr

  3. As chieftain of the tribe in question, I sometimes feel like I should be "policing" people and making sure they're sharing fairly. The truth is I just don't have the time. As you said, I trust my other tribesmembers to produce quality work that I wouldn't mind sharing. Beyond that I leave it up to people to decide how many posts they want to approve and from whom. And I definitely believe in helping those that help you. One of the problems is, as much as I love Triberr, it's still glitchy as hell. Sometimes it looks like someone isn't' retweeting when they really are. Or other times I've had folks complain that no one was rebroadcasting their stuff… only to discover that their RSS feed wasn't being picked up.

    I think plenty of others feel the same as you do, and I think being reciprocal in your retweets is just fine.

    Like you one of the reasons I love Triberr is that when I log in and see posts from the 100 other Canadian bloggers in my stream I often find fantastic things to read (and share) that I may otherwise have missed. I find the amount of time that I put into it, even with 100 other folks in my various tribes, to be minimal. I log in every 2 or 3 days and zip through my stream, wasting maybe 15-20 minutes at a go… or a bit more if I get sidetracked by great content.

    I agree that the Triberr reach numbers are a bit fuzzy. I have a reach of over 460,000 and I have 100 tribesmates, all fellow Canadian bloggers. I am sure MANY of our followers overlap. However, people tend to follow large numbers of accounts on Twitter, and Twitter streams go by so fast… Even if say you, me and Blogger C all have the same person following us, and we all retweet Blogger D's headline, it's unlikely that our followers will see all three Tweets. Or if she does, they will likely be spaced out over time and not all clumped together. Maybe the second time she sees the headline is when it finally catches her interest and she clicks through.

    I send out more Triberr tweets then non. I do very little live chatty type tweets. I do sort of worry about coming across as spammy, but 1)I do curate the content, and I am picky about what I republish. I genuinely try and pick wheat will interest my readers, and I try and keep duplication to a minimum (If everyone is taking part in a group giveaway, or a dozen people are reviewing product X this week only one or two are getting approved.) 2)No one has ever complained, and I have a fairly large number of Twitter followers that seem to be sticking around.

  4. I've been debating as well. There is actually not enough time in the day for all the posts to be shared if I approve everything in my stream! I end up HAVING to be selective or going through and manually tweeting a bunch at a time to make time so all the rest can go out. Otherwise some simply never go out- even if I have approved them- because of the triberr time between posts rules. I have ended up approving one from each tribe mate lately. So members who have 6 in the stream only get 1 approved.

    I've also noticed that the list of who has shared my posts may or may not be accurate- I can tell from actual twitter who has shared my posts and that does not always match up to triberr. More often than not triberr says that only one or two people have shared my posts but in all truth a whole bunch have shared them. So I don't know what the deal is with that.

    I DO like the fact that I can automatically share people's content. I want to support people.

    I also like that my content gets shared.

    So for now I am sticking with it. We'll see.

  5. I think Triberr is worth it, though you pose some interesting questions. I think the issue is actual proper monitoring because as other above say, it's hard to do that when it's clear to see others have shared though it doesn't always show you. I like that I can use the Triberr plugin to automatically share my posts and the hard work Dino and everyone puts into a working unit for us to use to promote one another on Twitter. I think it's easier than just normal sharing because there is so much I would miss (your posts and others) if I weren't on Triberr.

    Just my opinion

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