Triberr has been around for a while now; we first covered the topic on Tots100 nearly 2 years ago, and it continues to provoke strong emotions from bloggers.
For those of you who do not know Triberr was set up to facilitate sharing of blog content – you can join one of more groups – or tribes, and the platform makes it easy for tribe members toshare each others content to, Facebook, Stumble Upon etc. Some love it, some detest it and some have tried and then stopped using it.
Here three bloggers give their very different views. A huge thanks to them for contributing.
Fiona McLean – London Unattached is a Triberr fan
“For me, Triberr is a no brainer. Twitter is a promotional tool rather than just the way I communicate with other bloggers. To me, it appears that is the case for most bloggers; We all tend to ‘tweet’ at PR request when we are at a great event or running a good giveaway. And, all Triberr does is facilitate me finding interesting things to tweet from a wide range of bloggers – and having my own content shared across a broad audience. I write a blog which covers quite a variety of subjects, including London life, travel, diet and healthy food and general cookery. Triberr lets me share content with tribes in each area that my blog covers, both in the UK and worldwide. And, while I don’t expect the mummy bloggers in the US to want to tweet my content about travel, some of the travel bloggers I know across the world now will do so for me. Equally if and when I bake, those posts are shared across a much wider audience. I have people from the US tweeting me and asking me which restaurants to visit when they come to the UK and I am sure that comes from using Triberr.
I use the tweeting element of triberr as a way to easily provide my readers with interesting content that they might not otherwise see. Firstly the UK tribe members all have good quality blogs where I would be sharing content anyway. And while I don’t tweet every beer review or every post about motherhood I use it like a bookmark for my friends’ blogs to make sure I don’t miss their posts.
With the International groups, I am a lot more selective about what I tweet. I particularly love the travel tribes and genuinely find interesting content that I wouldn’t otherwise see. I tend to avoid tribes where you ‘HAVE’ to tweet everything in your group – things like a Walmart discount voucher are clearly not appropriate for me, nor are posts about feeding kids. But, I find my own twitter followers like some of the cookery posts that I’d personally never make for myself, so I try to consider whether, for example, a recipe for Coffee Bean Kalhua Ice-cream is one my target audience will like. Equally well, some of the trends that start in the States or Australia move over here, and I find the International Groups a good way to spot that kind of thing early on. Paleo is a great example.
I also belong to a Stumble group and a Comment group. Neither require anything tweeted, though sometimes I do if I think a post is interesting. The comment group has a small but diverse international set of members including UsedNewYork, which is as close to the New York version of London Unattached as I can imagine. My followers on Twitter have increased from around 1,000 when I started using Triberr to around 3,000 now. And, although I know it’s not entirely as a result of Triberr, I know some of it is.”
Fiona writes about food, London and travel at London Unattached
Jacqueline Meldrum – Tinned Tomatoes – Used to use Triberr
“As you know I was a member of Triberr for a while. I thought the idea of it was good, but people do missue it. I found that lots of people were retweeting my posts,. but I didn’t see the traffic to my blog. The other problem was that people didn’t take the time to visit the post or rewrite the tweets themselves, so all these generic tweets went out and I got sick of reading them myself, never mind everyone else.
You can still spot them a mile off. So impersonal. I won’t take the time to follow these links or retweet them. I also found people were so against this that they started un-following bloggers who were using it and there was much heated debate.
So to sum up, I think if people took the time to use it properly to find new interesting content to read and then share it, that would be fine, but it seems to be a blanket, tick, tick, tick, share, share, share. What is the point? You are not sharing something you have enjoyed reading (most of the time, I am sure some use it properly), you are sharing for the stats of getting shares back.
I am sure that I also read something about this being bad from an SEO point of view. It will up your stats, but I read there was going to be some comeback from using services like this and the backlash could hit bloggers.”
Jac writes about vegetarian family food at Tinned Tomatoes
Michelle Rice – Utterly Scrummy – Dislikes Triberr
“For me, Triberr is a nuisance clogging up tweet streams and turning Twitter into an impersonal promotional tool rather than an interactive community.
Yes it does share content across a broad audience but it is not content that sharers have seen or are necessarily passionate about.
If the tribe members have good quality blogs which other tribe members would be sharing anyway why not share posts in a more selective way rather than tweeting links to posts without truly knowing and appreciating the contents?
There is little quality control, posts may contain inappropriate or plagiarised content and if the posts are not viewed before tweeting tribe members may be promoting posts that, in hindsight, they may regret.
I much prefer to retweet posts that I have read, like and quite often have commented on. Genuine retweets from readers who have enjoyed and want to share posts are much more appreciated and valued than those from an automated and artificial promotional process. Triberr is in the same vein as comment circles and stumble clubs which are mainly set up to manipulate rankings and promote content because of obligation rather than merit.
I’d rather grow my audience through genuine interaction and them retweeting and commenting because they appreciate what I blog rather than feeling compelled to as they are part of a tribe or promotional circle.
I have discovered some brilliant bloggers via blog rolls, #ff mentions, events and other interactions rather than by artificial promotional means. I only retweet posts I have read and refuse to be a slave to artificial promotional tools.”
Michelle blogs about budget family food at Utterly Scrummy
Do you use Triberr? How have you seen usage change? Does it have you reaching for the unfollow button? Or could you not live without it?