How Not To Use Triberr

This past weekend I created a tribe and was invited into four others; something was in the water! One particular tribe was formed by someone seeking multiple shares of his content, and thus he formed a tribe of 100 “power sharers.”

A handful of my peers are in the group; the other 95 I have not had the privilege of meeting. That’s almost a good thing…you want to be in tribes with people you’ve not yet met so you can read new material, share new content and build on your community.

I accepted the invitation on Sunday; by Monday evening I was exhausted having visited my Triberr stream more than four times that day to stay abreast of the posts that were everywhere from people I didn’t know (and thus could not gauge the quality of their writing).

I began to panic and truly wonder whether I should back out of the tribe and not engage. I thought I’d give it a week to see what happens and tough it out. It’s been a few days, but the volume of content/posts in my Triberr stream is absolutely overwhelming.

Adam Toporek gave me a tip that you can hide people from the stream; I didn’t know that. If there is someone littering the stream with poor-quality content, I’m going to need to check into that little tool.

What’s making me most nervous is my consciousness about being a good influencer. I don’t want to forward schlock; I’m trying to read before I forward; however, it’s impossible for me to read more than the title and the intro.  (There’s a tip to pay special attention to your blog title and the introduction.)

There are definitely peeps writing excellent content in this bunch of 100 bloggers, and there is content I have no interest in. The breadth of content is amazing and having it all in one place is kind of exciting.

I’m getting a glimpse of some cool monetization from the mommy blogger and real estate sales person. I’m seeing ideas for content curation, and reviews by tech geeks, as well as many, many authors trying a go with blogging and book reviews.

What this “experiment” is doing for me is the following:

1. Immediate introduction to a variety of bloggers I don’t know.

2. Testing whether my peers in this tribe truly are power sharers. I’ve shared more of others’ content than they have shared of mine.

3. Getting a Twitter bump; more followers coming on board as a result.

4. Enabling me the opportunity to write this piece more neutrally (which is the right thing to do).

5. Showing me how Triberr should ultimately be used as a best practice.

6. Making me appreciate the tribes I’m in and the ones I’ve created of like-topic bloggers within my peer group and vertical.

7. Giving me a new appreciation for what Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo have built in this channel. We were there in its pre-infancy, and now look at it — astonishing growth and universe of bloggers all in one place.

Triberr comes and Triberr goes…bloggers should NOT underestimate its power to build influence, community, and brand. Trust me, I’m a case study.

130 comments
jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem

Unrelated note: Jayme, would you be able to change how your tweet buttons format your tweets? The twitter tweet button always repeats the link, and both tweet buttons attribute your post to socialbrite. Just thinking, if you make it easier on visitors, maybe you'll get even MORE tweets. Usually I give up on PITA buttons and don't tweet, but I love you, so I always do. I feel silly asking but maybe it will help.

chattyprof
chattyprof

Hello!

I'm one of your new tribe-mates and you put into words how I have been feeling for the past week or so! My other tribes were extremely manageable. I am going to take your advice. I am enjoying your posts, by the way. My audience is partly higher education (I am a college professor). Students and faculty benefit tremendously from real-world tips on social media. Many of us are not as updated on what happens in industry, and I'm very new in social media, myself, so thank you! Ellen Bremen @chattyprof

wonderoftech
wonderoftech

Hi Jayme, I'm so glad we are finally in a tribe together! I took a while but I finally joined the power tribe you're in. Over the weekend the traffic was manageable on my steam but who knows what the Monday morning posting rush hour will hold?

 

From what I've seen over the weekend, I will be using my mute button with this tribe, but that's okay. Not everyone will be a fit, so long as I can find enough quality content to justify being in the tribe. A constant flow of tweets about quality comments will keep my Twitter followers very happy!

 

I don't feel obligated to tweet out posts that aren't a good fit for my followers, no matter whether people are tweeting out my posts. Similarly, if you're not tweeting out my posts, that's fine, I'll still tweet out yours if you're delivering relevant, quality content. 

 

I look forward to sharing your posts on Triberr, Jayme!

BoKauffmann
BoKauffmann

Nice post.....  and yes, it can be overwhelming.  I am an early adopter of triberr, back in the day when tribes of 10 where the norm.  Now, after a couple of invites from mega-tribes, I suddenly have over 500 tribesmates and 'reach' over 5 million on twitter.  Yes, time-consuming but anything worth doing, requires a little time and attention.  Social-networking, similar to real-life networking, favors those who spend a little time getting involved.   But I also prefer if people only share once a day....or less. 

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech

82 comments and climbing.  Triberr is a valuable network, that can be powerful when used appropriately.  I'm also in the group, and have enjoyed seeing blogs such as yours Jayme that I was unaware of prior.  The problem I see time to time is over-posting by users.  That's fine if you're doing it on your own, but it doesn't play well on a "sharing" type network such as Triberr.  One post per day is proper protocol on Triberr.  I see users posting 3-5 times a day and I say "Mercy." This Power Share group seems to be littered with heavy posters, but overall the group has been refreshing.

Hajra
Hajra

I got an invite to that tribe recently and I still haven't joined in. I don't know why. I still have trouble trying to catch up with the posts of people I currently am in tribes with. We did form a tribe recently - bloggers who have a personal blog and I feel three four tribes at the moment is all I can handle. Though Triberr is giving me the exposure, I personally want to be reading every post that I see in my tribal stream. 

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rdopping
rdopping

Late. Big day yesterday. You know the workload when back from vacation is always twice what it should be, huh?

 

So, for me, being in this Power Tribe is interesting. I have seen a boost in traffic and I am now actively tracking the changes just to see what it does. I also got a few new visitors which is also very cool. Both are metrics which i feel important but the visitors and especially comments is the enticing thing for me.

 

Sharing. I will not share a post from a blogger I don't know without reading it first. Some of the smaller tribes I am in I trust the bloggers so I will share without necessarily reading their content fully. I really don't feel bad that I can't share everyone's content. Not everyone will share mine. That's life. With the filters you can change what you see so that helps and the mute button is good but simply scanning a few times a day seems to work for me (instead of muting). So, filtering by tribe, scanning titles and reading a few blogs seems to be what works for me right now.

 

Thinking more strategically about tribes and their function may change my approach or my choices when it comes to participation. I just don't want this to turn into a maintenance nightmare so I still have to think about what I want to get out of it. Like anything effort = results.

Adam | Customer Experience
Adam | Customer Experience

Good article Jayme (and thanks for the shout out). You and I are original small tribe people, and I think we have had the same experience. In the past two weeks, I went from being tribed with 20-30 people to a current count of 390 -- some of whom post multiple times a day.

 

I am using three techniques to try to handle the incredible flow of tweets:

 

1. The Mute button. I am muting bloggers with not only low quality content but content I am unlikely to retweet. I have a specific niche, and my non-discussional tweets tend to stay pretty close to Custserv, sales, marketing business, etc. I, of course, deviate, but I've found it easy to eliminate mommy bloggers, technology review sites, etc. The downside is I might miss material that I find personally interesting. The reality is that I don't have time anyway, so I just need to get it out of the way.

2. Learning whom I trust. I know if @lauraclick writes something, the headline will be enough for me to tweet it without reading it first. Hopefully, as time goes on, I can learn new people that I feel confident sharing based solely on the headline.

3. Using a timer. I set it for 10 minutes in the morning, maybe another run later in the day depending on the schedule. I focus on the Triberr stream, and I get through what I get through. After that, on to other things. (PS. After many experiments, I found a great timer for Mac https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alinof-timer/id512464723?mt=12 )

 

I am new to this large tribe experience, so I don't know if this will work long term, but it seems to be making it manageable for now. The biggest question I am wrestling with is do I continue to thank people for tweets of my stuff -- does that just add to the clutter?

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

Thank you, EVERYONE for being here! I am so appreciative of your visit. Have a lovely weekend. I hope I caught up on all the comments; thanks!

Adi Gaskell
Adi Gaskell

I don't think we should ever feel bad about not sharing content that we don't either agree with ourselves or think will be a good fit for our audience on Twitter.  It should be quality shares rather than quantity of shares.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @chattyprof Hi, Ellen! So lovely you stopped in; thanks for that. So, I'm going to do a shameless plug here...everyone else close your eyes!

 

I do many social media presentations for classes -- have my second gig at U of Tenn. E MBA program on social media and have spoken many, many times to DeVry campus. If you'd like me to do a workshop on the basics, am more than happy to help you...if that fits your curriculum, please send me an email and we can discuss further, too...jayme at soulati dot com.

 

This morning's stream wasn't too bad for a Monday; I did mute folks sharing about Halloween dinner today...now, I'm left with so much top-quality content! 

Ruth - MarketingWise
Ruth - MarketingWise

 @wonderoftech I think I'm in the same tribe - not 100% certain since I've joined a couple this week. Mute button!?!?!  Where is that!?!?

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @wonderoftech I am tickled! Hurray! Carolyn, are you kidding? Your content is so top-quality; hands down I will send it...no questions asked. Agree with the managing the stream thing. I'm heading over to Triberr right now to see if I can get a head start on Monday this evening! 

 

See you in the morning! Just queued up my Monday post for early.  Thanks for coming over!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @BoKauffmann Hi, Bo; thanks for coming over! I just cleaned out my Triberr stream and went to each blog to determine content quality before I pushed it out.  I've been working on blog comments, Triberr and commenting elsewhere for 90 minutes this morning. I am completely overwhelmed; sustainability of this time commitment? Time will tell. My reach nearly 6 million now? I have no idea what that even means. See you in the stream, and thanks!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @thejoshuawilner If I could breathe, I might be able to drag my arse to your  house. Thanks for the reminder and so sorry to be tardy...

rdopping
rdopping

 @GeeklessTech @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  @thejoshuawilner   Hi. Steven.

 

I love Triberr for the same reason; connection which allows easy centralized access to out other bloggers such as yourself. Over-sharing is a big challenge in the Power Tribe forum and I think Triberr was set up specifically to create connections between like-minded people and not purely as an amplifier.

 

My best success so far is this. I see your comments here on my friend Jayme's blog and I visit your site. Based on that and your comments here I can now say that I am glad to make this connection. That's how it works well for me.

 

I will likely mute someone who over-posts because I am left with the sense then that it is no longer about the engagement and more about building traffic. I am proud to be in the tribes that I am in primarily for the reason that the folks offer valuable content that is centered on learning and growth. This blog is a prime example of that.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @GeeklessTech I know, right? I just got back from errands, and 12 new comments and yours! Thank you.  I'm positively ecstatic! Thanks so much; I have already noticed your content, too, and the multi-posting thing I have to agree with. Don't like it. I almost think it devalues content for the community, but what would the @thejackb have to say about that?  See you in the stream and in your house!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

@Hajra be true to your school, Hajra ! You do what your comfort level allows and all works out. I like that you formed a general lifestyle tribe; this power tribe has many folks blogging on family issues. Big time crunch to sort through the stream ! Thx for coming.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @rdopping Glad you're back; jealous you went. I admire the fact you're reading first and then sharing. With the volume in there, I can only trust a headline for now until I become familiar. Maybe that's bad on me, but I think people are agreeing elsewhere that the headline and intro become ever more precious in the tell of the content.  You've got some great points...agree!

lauraclick
lauraclick

 @Adam | Customer Experience Great tips, here! Admittedly, I don't use Triberr very well. The one and only tribe I'm in is the one with you and Jayme. Oy. I guess maybe I need to spread my wings with it a bit more?

 

Also, so kind of you to mention my work. I'm glad I'm in your circle of trusted peeps to tweet regularly. :) 

 

And, oh how I love timers. That's what I do too. I give myself a 20 minute chunk in the morning and then some time around lunch again. Otherwise, I'd easily spend hours reading and commenting all over the web!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @Adam | Customer Experience  @lauraclick You've got it all right, Adam. You're the one, as said, who turned me on to the mute button. Thank goodness for the purpose of making the stream more manageable. Now I need to look and see if there is a way to unmute people? 

 

I have to cull down to find the content in tiers and then I want to re-add others to the stream to get to know them and their content better.  I think that's a fair way to approach this and manage it. But, like everyone else...not sure! It's hilarious to me that everyone is in the same boat; perhaps NOT the multi posters who may get short shrift. Thanks, Adam!  

 

And, how can you even do any justice in 10 minutes? Woah...that's fast!

rdopping
rdopping

 @Adam | Customer Experience  @lauraclick Adam. Great, great question re; thanking for RT's. I find this a dilemma. I always appreciate when someone tweets my post and i want to acknowledge them but I also don't want to contribute something that's not useful and a thanks in twitter seems to just add to the digital clutter.

 

A bit stuck here. I don't want to be that guy who doesn't acknowledge when his content is shared. What to do?

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @timbo1973 Hi, Tim! That's how we met! However, it was in a smaller tribe, for sure! Thanks for being here; I promise I'm coming to visit soon!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @Adi Gaskell Thanks, Adi.  I am guilty; I really want to share everyone's work and insights; I am a nurturer...so, I do feel badly when I nix a recipe for Halloween dinner, but I know for a fact that my audience would probably wonder what the heck? if I shared that! Thanks for coming over.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @rdopping  @GeeklessTech  @thejoshuawilner We have already seen the success of this experiment one week later. We are already meeting new peeps and visiting their blogs; people obviously have come here (this has to be my highest commented post ever). 

 

My 1 week surmise -- there is extra management time absolutely, I can't read all the posts I want to, yet, I'm honoring those who come here with a visit to their house (starting yesterday with those who have livefyre which is again an automation help for me). 

 

Streams get stale; having this happen has proven that you need to step out and change it up. While this was an extreme change, it certainly has helped push me out of the boundary.

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes
Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes

 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  @GeeklessTech  @thejackb I can speak for Jack on this.

 

Both Jack and I have been known to post multiple times throughout the day and we have seen our traffic and engagement levels go up every time we do it.

 

I don't tweet out every post I see in the stream and am not offended when people don't tweet out every one of mine.

 

Quality is always important but there is no law that states that multiple posts per day mean that the quality of said posts have dropped. Furthermore if the chief and tribe haven't established guidelines that state that tribesmen can't post several times a day it becomes a free for all which isn't always a bad thing.

 

The "reality" is that within a power tribe it becomes impossible to read and promote every post that comes through so we are always going to spend some time sifting through posts.

Adam | Customer Experience
Adam | Customer Experience

 @lauraclick The timer has really helped me manage social. It is so easy to get sucked in. The biggest downside of the large tribes is that it is just more content, and a lot of it is good. Like the hundreds of blogs in my RSS reader weren't enough already! :)

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @rdopping  @Adam | Customer Experience  @lauraclick You guys... you just gave me the blog post for Monday...I will dive in more to the thanking issue, and I won't give away the store here today, but what I will say is DO NOT AGREE! 

 

Hah, maybe that piques a bit to have you come back Monday? I'll tee you both up so you remember...noise? Interesting!

Adam | Customer Experience
Adam | Customer Experience

 @rdopping  @lauraclick Aside from the noise issue, I know thanking has a limit. I just was at @markwschaefer 's blog -- one post showed 717 tweets. He's not thanking everyone with numbers like that. Even breaking 100, which is not that crazy if you're in a couple of large tribes, saying thank you is almost unmanageable -- and to the original point, it's a lot more noise!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

 @thejoshuawilner  @GeeklessTech  @thejackb What it also boils down to is relevance and quality. If you post multiple times a day, is your content high-quality or is it low grade. Is it to push traffic only, or is it to say something relevant. Are you writing your novel via crowdsourcing and you need people to see the installments? Great; perfect reason.

 

I'm not sure I'd ever limit people the amount of times they can post via Triberr; not sure that's even possible with RSS feeds? 

 

That said, you're right, bloggers who most many times daily cannot expect the peer group to share every post.  Everyone has goals for their purpose and Jack's are different than mine...makes total sense. 

lauraclick
lauraclick

 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  @Adam | Customer Experience  @rdopping I'm definitely a thanker. It makes sense for me - especially for new folks who are sharing for the first time. But, you're right, Adam. It becomes a bandwidth issue if you're having to thank people 100+ times. I don't have that issue just yet, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there. 

 

I know that @ginidietrich was sending DM thank you's for awhile. I guess if you want to avoid the clutter issue, that might be one way to still acknowledge people without worrying about making your stream be full of thank you's.  

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