I’m on Triberr. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a platform for sharing blogs and promoting a like-minded group of people on Twitter (and possibly other social networks) with the click of a button.
In theory, this works well. It’s easy and quick to do. And according to the stats of my tribes, my blog posts could get exposed to 100,000 people if everyone in my three tribes promotes my post on Twitter (and if everyone they follow is on Twitter and reads that tweet at that time).
But I think I kind of suck at Triberr. Or at the very least, I use it differently.
I love the people in my tribes. In spite of that, I likely send-out (i.e. promote) only a quarter or a third of their content. I suspect this makes me an annoying tribe-mate.
There are a few reasons I don’t send out everything:
- I love my tweeps, and I don’t want to spam them.
- I get annoyed when I see numerous, identical Triberr tweets in my Twitter stream.
- Some of the posts wouldn’t interest my readers.
- I sometimes get behind on reading blog posts and press “clear all” in Triberr.
When people “approve” a post on Triberr without editing it, it will go out on Twitter looking like this:
That identical tweet has been sent out by my lovely tribe-mates at least five times today promoting my new post at IronicMom. After a while, these tweets look like spam. I know I click on these factory-automated posts only about 1% of the time.
But there’s another option: promote less and personalize more. Quality over quantity.
Read the post first. And show evidence of having read it in your tweet. I try to find an angle that will interest my readers (writing/humor/parenting in my case), and I write an intro to the tweet.
Something like this:
My tribe-mate, Karen Rought, does the best job of introducing and personalizing blog posts through Triberr. This is how she sent out my Mother’s Day post this morning. It personalizes the tweet and reveals a bit about her, which means she won’t annoy her tweeps (and will entertain them):
So, do I like Triberr? Yes. Does it drive me crazy? Sometimes. And should I apologize to my tribe-mates for my lacklustre-y performance? Likely.
If you want to find out a lot more about using Triberr, guru Jenny Hansen is your go-to gal.
Do you use Triberr? If you’re on Twitter, what’s your perspective of tweets coming via Triberr?