I’m constantly testing out new tools to help me run my business and also so I can provide some honest guidance to my clients and my blog readers about the tools that work and those that aren’t up to snuff.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying out Triberr. If you haven’t heard of Triberr, it is a tool that allows you to create “tribes” of Twitter users who will share each other’s blog posts on Twitter.
Triberr was initially set up where everyone in your tribe would automatically send a tweet when you published a new blog post. I thought this was a bad idea. That’s why I was hesitant to give it a try. I didn’t want to share content with my followers that I had not yet read myself. My friend Erica Allison confirmed my resistance to it with this awesome blog post.
However, Erica later came around and said she had jumped back into Triberr because they changed the setting to allow users to approve the tweets instead automatically tweeting everyone in your tribe. I thought this was a great improvement, so I happily joined Erica’s tribe to give it a try.
After a few weeks, I’m still on the fence about it. I haven’t created tribes of my own yet because I’m not sure I want to endorse a product that I’m still unsure about. If I create a tribe, I want to feel confident about the tool and make sure it’s something I want to continue doing. And right now, I’m not convinced.
Here is what I think about my experience so far:
- You see content you might miss otherwise. If you’re like me, your RSS Reader is chock full of hundreds of unread blog posts. I do my best to read my favorite bloggers every day, but I can’t always get through them all. Triberr is a great way to make sure you don’t miss great content from some of your favorite bloggers. It’s a more streamlined approach and you only see a few things at a time instead of being overwhelmed by your RSS Reader.
- You get more Retweets. Certainly, one of the benefits of Triberr is that your content gets shared more often. Because you have people who are at the ready to share your stuff, you know you can count on your Tribe to help you spread the word. I know one of the first posts that came through Triberr got a lot of tweets simply because my rockstar Tribe members shared the content.
- You develop new relationships. Thanks to our awesome Tribe leader, Erica, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some new bloggers that I hadn’t yet developed relationships with, like Adam Toporek and Shakirah Dawud. I’ve really enjoyed reading their posts, chatting with them online and sharing comments on each other’s blogs. Without Triberr, I may never have gotten to know these folks, so I’m grateful to have make some new friends and colleagues.
- You don’t have the ability to edit the full tweet. Triberr only allows you to edit the text before the link and it automatically inserts the “via @ericamallison” after that. Call me a rebel, but I don’t always format my tweets that way. I would love if I had more control over what I was able to tweet.
- I don’t want to tweet the same people all the time. I love the people in the Tribe I joined. They’re great. And, most of the time, I would tweet their stuff anyway. The trouble is, I feel forced into ONLY tweeting their stuff. I feel pressure to go in and approve tweets from my Tribe. Then, my stream will be flooded with content from the same people over and over again. I like to mix it up and share content from a wide range of sources. If I started creating more Tribes, I would feel like I would only be tweeting stuff only from Triberr instead of curating content from other places. And, I don’t think this approach is the best benefit to my followers.
- You can’t schedule tweets. People may call me to the carpet for this, but I think it’s okay to schedule some of your tweets. I tend to read in bursts, and I would rather space out my tweets over several hours than inundating my followers with 10 different articles in a short time frame. The problem is, when I go to Triberr, I want to read and then tweet the items in my queue. However, the tweets go out just as soon as I approve them. If I want to spread them out, I have to come back to Triberr and approve the tweet later. This just adds additional steps for me instead of making the process more streamlined.
- It’s another thing to check. As much as I love tools that make my life easier, it becomes difficult when you have to visit numerous different sites to get the job done. Although I can see where Triberr does offer some benefit, it is one more site I have to check in order to review and then tweet blog posts. I can see where Triberr eliminates that step if you use it in the “automagical” mode, but that’s not how I roll. Because I’m using it in manual mode, I’m not sure it offers much more benefit than simply reading the posts in my reader and then sharing what I think is relevant to my audience.
I’d love to know what you think. Have you used Triberr? If so, has it helped you extend your reach? If you haven’t used Triberr, what’s keeping you from trying it out?