The Triberr Break Up: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Why my relationship with Triberr is coming to an end…

Or, “Why I love Dino Dogan, but not Triberr.”

If you’re not familiar with Triberr it is an invite only community of bloggers. Every time you publish a new post, everyone in your tribe “automagicly” (new word coined by Dino Dogan) tweets it to their followers. I’ve been a member of the tribe known as Anubis now for approximately 10 days.

The concept sounded really exciting for me, I love to be a ‘tester’, and so I thought I’d give it a try.  And this is the part where I explain why I love Dino…he (and his buddy Dan Cristo – that’s them right below)

Image shamelessly taken from the Triberr website

developed this program in an effort to give credit and highlight bloggers and their posts that rarely saw the light of day.  He wanted the rest of us to feel what it must feel like when you are Chris Brogan or Jay Baer or Brian Solis and anything that you post gets automatically retweeted without it ever being read, simply because of who you are. 

That’s a generous spirit he has and I admire him greatly for it.  That’s why I want this post in NO way to be perceived as bashing Dino, Dan, my Triberr Tribe or anyone who hearts Triberr.  This post is about my experience and my struggle to get on board this train and ride it to blogging happy town.

My Thoughts on Triberr

Here are my initial thoughts as someone who is a member of only one tribe and has not yet expanded my reach.  When you join, you are placed into a tribe and then given the option to create 2 or 3 tribes of your own.  I have not done that.  Before I began creating my own tribe, I wanted to make sure I could send the invite and 100% recommend this service /beta project.  Otherwise, why send it?

And so our relationship began:

  1. The first day completely overwhelmed me because I suddenly saw my twitter handle tweeting all of these blog posts from people I did not know (yet) with titles of posts that I had not read. If any of you reading this post know me, you know that I’m a read first (or at least scan it), comment if possible, and then Tweet it kind of girl.  To tweet that which I have not read….well, it makes me nauseous.  Really.
  2. I spent most of that first day scurrying around reading said posts, trying to quickly leave a comment and keep up with the stream.  Also overwhelming.
  3. In my zest to read the posts, I got to know several new bloggers and found them to be very interesting, good writers and all around good eggs.  So, thanks for introducing me to a new audience (a plus, for sure) and a new network.
  4. The next day, my own blog post got into the stream.  Wowza.  I was RT’d like nobody’s business.  I excitedly starting thanking folks to realize, wait, it’s automated…no need.  They do it without knowing they’re doing it.  There’s that uncomfortable feeling again.
  5. I then kept waiting for the Livefyre email to announce a comment on my blog…crickets.  Nothing.  I had 30+ RT (a lot for me) of my blog post but very few comments on the post…a few from my tribe members (thank you!), but on the whole, not much happening.
  6. As I began to comment on and read other tribe members’ posts and follow them on twitter, I saw my number of twitter followers increase (like by 100 in a week – again, a lot for me), but still not a lot going on in the comment department.
  7. Knowing that my content and blogging style have not changed in the last 10 days and that I normally get an average of 5 comments per post (wait for it…that’s good for me), I was surprised to see that my commenting community had decreased, yet my twitter followers had grown.

Some folks might say having a rapid increase in Twitter followers is awesome.  I am not one of them.  I thrive on comments.  I enjoy a good RT, but usually prefer that it be a RT because you’ve read my post, not because it’s me.  I know. That sounds crazy.  Call me a purist.  Call me a prude.   Better yet, call me authentic.

I know the jury is still out for Triberr and all the folks involved, but for me, I think I’m going to have to leave the tribe.  And believe me when I say, “It’s not you, it’s me.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.  And I want to say a big Thank You to Dino Dogan who actually read this post before anyone else and encouraged me to post it…a true gent!

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