Blogs on auto-tweet and the new world of Triberr

I had a chance to catch up with Dino Dogan, an irreverant blogger, co-founder of Triberr, and one of my most consistently interesting Twitter friends. I think you’ll enjoy this video!

If you don’t know of Triberr, it has become a popular, yet polarizing, method for bloggers to share their blog posts on a large scale. Some people hate it. Some people love it.

My view of Triberr is somewhere in the middle! I’m still looking at it but it probably isn’t going to help me meet some of my long-term blogging goals like it would for a new blogger just on the scene. I concur with Erica Allison when she wrote that Triberr can work against community engagement, a problem Dino has noticed too. People seem to be pulling back from the auto-tweeted posts they may never actually read.

I’m also wondering about how Google is viewing this sudden surge of tweets from a Triberr URL.

So there are some problems to iron out but Dino probably has the energy and vision to figure it out.

Are you using Triberr? What do you think?

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  • I love the idea in concept, but find it flawed in execution. To wit, I was part of a very early Tribrr, but one of my fellow members was, to be kind, nobody I cared to endorse. There was no way (at the time anyway, unsure if it’s changed) to cull certain members’ content from my feed. So I had to leave the group. Then recently a member of that Tribrr group wrote a very generous blog post about my employer, Eloqua. A competitor in his Tribrr auto-tweeted that post, which he clearly wouldn’t have done had he had the choice to select the content he’d auto-endorse. I like the idea in practice, again. But I find the execution filled with flaws.
    -Joe Chernov / Eloqua / @jchernov:disqus

  • Nice interview! First, I have to say that I really like the new headline testing feature. Given what I just blogged about the other week ( re: youth being satisfied with headlines alone and needing to find ways to encourage clicking. Nice idea, Dino and Dan!

    A union for bloggers and a network for helping them to get paid? I like the idea of a union. And, in theory, the idea of a third-party system that helps bloggers monetize sounds great to me. Of course, the devil is in the details. But it’d sure be great if more bloggers could make an actual living from it. If businesses are going to leverage bloggers and bloggers are going to maintain integrity, there will have to be a network in between. I’ll be interested to see how it all develops, Dino!

  • Hey Mark….one of the things that I like to recognize in people is the speed of execution and you’ve managed (whilst on the road) to put together this post and share triberr info with your audience, and for that I am immensely grateful. Thank you 🙂

  • Joe, I didn’t see the early days, but wow, auto-promoting your competitor. Ouch. 

    I am starting to view Triberr as an interesting way to curate sources of content, on a platform that introduces you to other potential sources. You can then review and approve, modify, or delete posts easily from your ‘curated sources’ in one or two review cycles for the day, and (buffer-like) the distribution is spread somewhat throughout the day.The problem with this view: I can’t add just anyone, I HAVE to use the tribe infrastructure, and given the opinions many have of Triberr, many of the bloggers I would include simply won’t be interested. Mark, thanks for sharing, this is a platform I’m wrestling with now.

    — @wittlake 

  • Hi, Mark.

    Dino kindly sent me an invite to Triberr when I told him I was interested in the concept. And, I do like it, but I am unable to move forward without Bones. At this point, I just can’t honestly afford anything that has to be paid. So, I’ll probably make full use of Triberr once I am financially able to.

  • I’m put off by people to Tweet 20 to 30 times per hour.  I un-follow them as soon as I can.  I don’t have time to go past all of their stuff to get to others that are more interesting and useful.  Who has something important to say 20 times an hour?

  • This is a very interesting situation. There is a way around this on Triberr.  Kind of.  Since the early days, the most significant innovation they have come up with is an ability to select what you tweet. My observation is that most people don;t do that, so they are certainly vulnerable to the awkward competitive situation you described.

    The other importinat point is that Triberr is built on trust, which is a difficult proposition, especially if your tribe is populated with people you don’t know. 

    Thanks for the exocellent contribution today Joe!

  • Thanks for the honest and first-hand assessment Eric.  It could be an interesting curation tool but I think this technique is becoming over-used. in my opinion. There are so many people who have become human RSS feeds. You just have to wonder what they’re doing. But we all curate to some degree, don;t we?

  • I like this concept too but can’t imagine the execution without fixing the economics of the internet and nobody has figured that out.  I do pay my regular contributors to {grow} (like you!) and I think that is the real key.  Changing hearts and minds about the value of the original content we produce. There is no other industry where there is an expectation that all original content will be provided for free, with an entitlement to then rip it off and use it however you like.  A union with a concerted effort to change attitudes — a code of conduct — could be interesting.

  • The pleasure and honor is mine.  You are a fresh voice and attitude on the social web and I value your contributions and your friendship Dino! 

  • I’m not sure I understand the problem.  I have participated in tribes and built my own tribe without spending a dime. There is plenty of flexibility and opportunity, it seems to me, without spending anything. If you’re stuck, talk to Dino. There is nobody out there who is more helpful or generous.

  • Erica Allison

    Really liked this interview, Mark! Thanks also for the plug – as you might also know, I revisited my relationship with Triberr and am now back in the fold.  I wrote a post on that one, too! As @dinodogan:disqus noticed the other day, I’m up to 3 posts now on the beloved topic of @Triberr:twitter . 

    That brings me to the biggest point here, there are so many posts written about Triberr, good and bad, that it signifies that it’s definitely one to watch and hitting folks in some hot spots.  No platform or tool is perfect.  Triberr isn’t perfect for me, but as a small business owner interested in growing my business and my brand, it’s a great fit.  I use auto mode with one tribe and manual mode with two others.  I do like to read what I tweet.  I have chosen to not send out some posts and from my stats, I can tell folks have done the same for me.  That’s ok.  That means we’re all reading the posts, or for whatever reason, don’t want to send it out at that moment.  

    I for one will be watching this dynamic duo closely to see what happens next.  Cheers to you both, Mark and Dino!

  • I agree. And unfortunatley there seem to be more of these human RSS feeds out there!

  • As I mentioned in my post last week, Triberr does solve a problem for new bloggers — success in some ways is stacked against newcomers and this is a way to perhaps get a jolt. It is also a shortcut to forming those early blog tribes that I think are so important when starting out. But you simply can;t do anything — including Triberr — that diminishes your blog or your personal brand and that can happen if you’re not smart about it.  Thanks Erica!

  • Is Twitter the home of RSS feeds that just have personal names? It certainly has become a broadcast medium for many. Interesting thought (and probably one for a full blog post versus short comment discussion).

    As always, your posts and comments make me stop and think, thank you.

  • Really? Hmm…must be me. I am totally hopeless when it is something new to me. It took me a while to get used to Facebook and Twitter, then I discovered Triberr and LinkedIn and now, there’s Google+. You can just imagine how that messed with my lamebrain. 😀 I really need help understanding these things. As much as it would embarrass me, I’ll ask Dino again. Thanks, Mark! 🙂

  • I have tried Triberr and am still on the fence. i quit one tribe because I could not promote some of the posts, either due to poor spelling and grammar issues to someone using swearwords for shock value. That is not consistent with who I am as person and as a blogger. I am in a tribe where I do feel I am a better fit. I do wonder if anyone in any of my tribes ever read my posts. I am still very unsure of this platform, and I am going to give myself time before I make up my mind.

  • If you’re already in Tribes and you want to accept invites from more (InBreeding), it costs Bones (physical money). It costs 30 Bones to accept invites over your allocation. cc: @f4443dbf6c8279fa32db2cba7ea46d7b:disqus 

  • Yeah, I’m still in the test mode too but I can see how it can help some people under the right circumstances.  Thanks Nancy.

  • Dan

    Great interview indeed. 
    The idea of creating a blogging network where bloggers can monetize their time and site is the one idea that I’m most excited about right now. I want to see the day where writers can think of blogging as a career, and I think Triberr can help make that happen. 

    It’s all about the execution.

  • The more I hear Dino talk the more I love listening to him. His passion is palpable. But this triberr thing…I don’t know. I see more and more triberr tweets, and every time I see one I wonder, did this person read this post? Does this person agree with what’s being said here?

    Maybe it’s how I define community engagement. There are 2 ways you can get to know your real-life neighbors. Option 1 is to talk to them naturally as opportunity allows and build a relationship. Option 2 is is to have a camera and monitor set up, and every time they go out to get the paper, a big booming automated voice comes at them that says, “I like cheese! Do you?”

    You’re betting on a lot in the second scenario. You’re betting that they won’t get tired of that automated question. You’re betting they won’t ask a follow-up question like, “What kind of cheese?”

    What if someone says “Oh yeah, that point in xyz post was fascinating!” and you have no earthly idea what they’re talking about?

    Should you be building a community if you don’t have time to be in the community? I guess that’s the core question I have.

    But a great interview!! Made me think (apparently) 🙂

  • Fantastic comment Margie.  Certainly you have pinpointed one obvious downside, the automation of engagement. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Mark, thanks for shedding light on something I’ve been wondering about. While Triberr seems to be a reach accelerator, it almost sounds like “reach steroids” – you’ll get results, but the side-effects can be damaging.

    I am not a user in part because the Tribe categories aren’t as fine-grained as I’d like, and I’d hate for people to get irrelevant content. Maybe Dino can address that? He seems like a great, and innovative, guy.

    Thanks again for sharing useful stuff! (And sorry to be a little bit of a stranger…love your blog and tweets, just have been on overload in my personal/worklife.)

  • Hi Lori,

    When you get invited into your original tribe, you also get 3 tribes of your own which you can then categorize and invite whoever else you love.

    So, the categories that you see are simply categorize created by our users, which you can do as well.

    Hope that helps shed some light.

  • Hi Marjorie,

    I see you everywhere 🙂 good for you girl 🙂

    ok, so first off, thank you for a lovely comment. And second, I would like to address the engagement issue.

    Everyone seams t think that automation means lack of engagement. I disagree. Just because I automate the flow of water into my house via city pipes that end in my shower, that doesnt mean I took a shower (boy, I hope that analogy makes sense to you guys cuz it does make sense to me).

    So automation is just that (and of course, Triberr has manual mode as well). I automate most of the links I tweet but I dare anyone to tell me that I dont engage with people on twitter.

    The way I see it, if I automate some stuff, it gives me MORE time to engage.

    As Mark and I discussed during our lunch tho…it does make people lazy….but is it automation’s fault?

  • Anonymous

    Light’s been shed, Dino! I might try triberr this coming weekend and see what happens with/to my small corner of the marketing blog multiverse.

  • Hi Dino,

    That must mean you’re everywhere too 🙂

    You bring up a very interesting point…a person who just plugs in the automation probably isn’t interested in really engaging in the first place. If it wasn’t Triberr it would be something else helping them to post stuff out.

    I had not thought of it that way before, but you’ve put my poor brain hamster into overdrive!

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