How I Use Triberr

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Over the last few months, I have been trying out the Triberr service as a way to expand my content’s exposure to new audiences and to give my followers more content from other blogs as well. Now I know some of you will remember my post awhile back about why I turned off Twitterfeed, and you may wonder if I have gone back to automating.

The answer is I haven’t. I was wary of Triberr for the longest time, until I found out that they had created a manual option where you can review posts before you tweet them. That was all I needed to hear to give it a try.

The following is my Triberr strategy. Hopefully this will give those who are not fans of the service a little insight into some ways it could work for you.

1. I chose tribes based on knowing the people involved in them.

I’ve received a lot of Triberr invites since the service got started, and for awhile turned them all down due to the automated tweeting thing. After I found out they went manual, I accepted my first invite based on the fact that I knew all of the members of the tribe and already subscribed to their blogs in my RSS feeder. I was already tweeting out their content on a regular basis, so I saw no harm in having them do the same for mine.

2. I have everyone set on manual.

It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you blog about. No matter how devoted your fans are, there are always going to be those occasional posts that you write that will not resonate with everyone. I know that not every one of my posts work for everyone else’s Twitter audience, and I know that not every post from my other tribesmen and women will fit my Twitter audience either. Hence, I have all of my tribe members set to manual mode.

If you haven’t logged into your Triberr in awhile, you should go check it out. They recently changed the system to where you can have manual / automatic settings for each member. Just login to your account and go to Tribes > Your Tribe > Tribe Members and adjust the settings for each member using the settings dropdown.

Triberr Member Settings

Now even if I didn’t have to check everyone’s post for audience-fit assurance, I would still have Triberr set to manual simply because I have a certain schedule for my tweets. I share blog posts every hour, generally from 7 AM to 9 PM Arizona time. And I just share one blog post per hour. If you belong to multiple tribes, what you might run into being on auto is several tweets being sent through your stream all at once, or tweets getting sent during hours where people are least likely to see your tweets. By choosing manual review, you can just copy and paste the Triberr tweet into your favorite scheduling app like HootSuite, Buffer, or your other favorite Twitter management tool.

Lastly, even if I didn’t do the QA check or care when the tweets get sent out, I do also like to update the tweets to show the authors of the posts since some blogs in my tribes have multiple contributors, guest authors, etc. So while I’m checking out a post (because yes, I do read all of your posts to make sure they are about blogging, social media, or related topics and not how to do a phone number lookup or something else off topic which should comfort you and my Twitter audience alike), I can pick up the post author’s Twitter handle and add it to the tweet so they know their post is being shared as well.

3. I use a custom RSS feed.

Triberr was actually my motivation to create a customized RSS feed for my writing, which has come in quite handy on other sites that allow you to have RSS feed sharing, including my LinkedIn profile‘s WordPress app and Dooid profile to name just a few.

Since I write more for other sites than I usually do on my own, and I typically don’t want every post on my site shared with my tribes, the only solution was a customized RSS feed where I could just choose which posts I wanted to share on Triberr and other networks. This has so far worked out quite well.

If you’re not as spread out as I am, but you don’t want to share every post on your site with your tribe, you can always try creating a category like Featured for your blog and grabbing the RSS feed for that category only and submitting it on Triberr. For WordPress, it is generally going to be yourblog.com/category/feed/ or similar depending on your permalink structure. Or you can go to your category archive page in Firefox and use the RSS button in the browser’s address bar to grab that category’s feed.

4. I give karma to posts I tweet.

Ok, I get lazy sometimes and forget, but for the most part since I’m doing the manual review of posts, I give karma (the thumb’s up) to posts I choose to tweet. See how karma works here.

5. I created a Triberr Twitter list.

In order to connect more with my tribes, I decided to create a Twitter list of all of the people in my tribes. It’s up to 54 now since I’m in multiple tribes, but it’s nice to interact more with others and see what their interests are outside of the Triberr posts. I’ve found a lot of new blogs just by watching that stream as my tribes have introduced me to new bloggers as well.

Your Triberr Strategy

Are you on Triberr? What’s your strategy when it comes to getting the most out of Triberr? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. says

    I’ve seen so many people drop from triberr over the last few months, but since they have given us the option for manually organize the tweets, then maybe more will come back to it. I’ve been using it for a while and I do have to say that I think it may have helped my following and klout a slight bit over the period of time that I have been using it.
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    • says

      That’s the downside of it being in Beta – their system occasionally does some messed up things during updates. I had the same issue with some rogue auto-tweets during the last update, but its only happened once to me so far.

    • says

      Hi Barry,

      Basically this system will share your content with other people within your tribe only. Depending on the number of followers the people in your tribe has, your content could essentially be shared with people who have a thousand or a hundred thousand followers. So it could make a big difference!

  2. says

    I love your strategy, Kristi.

    I like Triberr as a general idea but it is getting hard to follow it with some new stuff. I don’t like the karma and that new thing they added, because the main thing was exchanging each others tweets, but now, it seems like if your post is not worthy it won’t be sent to your tribe.
    The stats are sometimes weird, like saying that a person tweeted my post, when I know they haven’t etc.

    I am still using it but moderating more and more.
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    • says

      Thanks Brankica! That’s odd about the stats – is it possible that someone retweeted someone else’s Triberr tweet but left off your handle?

      I’m not sure how I feel about the Karma either. I like the idea of it, but at the same time, people just might see a title they don’t like and down vote it without reading the actual post. Case in point, I thought my affiliate marketing post was pretty unique, but it got a down vote and I’d bet it was by someone who just has a bad POV about affiliate marketing.

      • says

        I agree. I have one post with bad karma and I think it was thumbed down by someone in the bad mood. Cause there really was no reason to do it.

        On the other hand, there are posts that had amazing response with my visitors and have i.e. 2 Karma + the same as a short round up post. Weird.

        I am not sure about the RT though, the Triberr tweets automatically so if someone let it go through it would have a handle attached.

        I spent several hours thinking about all this, I have already told you I love your strategy weeks ago, so I have an idea how I will handle my RTs over there from now on. And it will be beneficial for those who write great posts, so I am sure they won’t mind :)

        • says

          I meant if someone tweeted it outside of Triberr, ie. if I retweeted a tweet of yours that I saw in my Triberr twitter list that had a Triberr link in it and I removed the handle of the blog owner (not that I would, just example case) – I wonder how that counts in the stats since I’m part of the same tribe. Do we all have different shortened URLs for the same post, or does it just know whose handle tweeted it and attribute the stats to that?

          Now I’ve confused myself. :)

          • says

            There several reasons why Triberr stats won’t match GA stats. First, no two analytics programs will be exactly the same. Visits are always treated differently.

            GA is javascript based and Triberr is server log based. This means that we count visitors who don’t have javascript installed where GA does not. It also means we have to filter out bots, and sometimes new ones come up that we don’t know about.

            The last big difference is that if a user clicks on a Triberr link a few times, Triberr will track it as unique visits, whereas GA may attribute those clicks as the same visit session. In other words, if I clicked on a triberr link twice in a row GA might only track it as a single visit because the page is already open and a session has already been started.

            Hope that helps.
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        • says

          I had a few posts that were given bad karma and I will guarantee that the decision was made based solely upon the headline and not the post.

  3. says

    Was on Triberr in it’s very early stages, in Dino’s tribe. Manual was possible, and that would definitely be the only way I would use it. However, after a week, I decided that simply put, it wasn’t for me.

    I think it’s a great idea overall, and it’s obviously good to expand your reach. A guy like me though? I’m into pull, and creating really positive expectations as a trigger for getting traffic and bringing people in. So with that, I literally can’t be on Triberr! I have to experiment for myself, with other methods, methods that bring people in because they’re naturally excited to be a part of a culture that I create.

    But, since you’re a smart chick, Kristi, I’m sure you use Triberr the right way, or the way that works for you.

    • says

      I consider Triberr a part of my experimentation. I don’t tweet every post by every person, and I don’t expect everyone to tweet every one of my posts either. It has led me to connecting with new bloggers that I might not have otherwise found which has been fun though. :)

  4. says

    I like their WIN-WIN-WIN concept! Now I know why I was reading your tweet about other people’s blog post. I thought you were there reading all day long. :)

    I am going to check it out. You may soon see your post from my Tweet. :)

    I’ve also thought about getting rid of TwitterFeed with no solid reason.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  5. says

    I’m a huge fan of Triberr but I guess I haven’t taken the time to create an actual strategy for it. The custom RSS feed is something that sounds really interesting though (something I may put to use specifically for LinkedIn more than Triberr). I feel like if I put everyone on manual mode, I HAVE to take the time to read each and every post to be fair. And this can add hours of work for me (especially since I’m part of Anubis, which is a huge Tribe).
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    • says

      Custom feeds can come in handy all around the board with many different social sites, plugins, etc. I’d say that if you trust everyone in your tribe to always have content that is good for your audience, it shouldn’t be a problem to go all auto. I find that with every site though, there’s always something that isn’t a good fit for my audience, no matter who large or popular. I have pretty small tribes though, so taking a quick overview of everyone’s posts isn’t too much of a hassle.

  6. says

    Kristi,
    I see you pop up on SEO sites all the time. On several occasions I was like, wouldn’t it be great to have Kristi on Triberr, but I never got around to saying hi and sending over an invite. That’s great that you’re already on the site and using it in a great way.

    I’ve got a really great SEO tribe that would love to have you be a part of. It’s called Eta SEO and has a number of hand picked, well known SEO thought leaders – http://triberr.com/ext/profile-tribe.php?tid=17
    Dan Cristo just posted SEOs are not as good as they think

    • says

      Once you’ve been invited to the site, you could always start your own maybe with some people who you know always produce content within the niche you’re looking to boost your rep in. :)

  7. says

    I’m in a couple of Tribes only and I have to confess that I am on automatic. The first tribe I joined I knew everybody and had no qualms about tweeting their stuff on auto. However I just joined another and whereas the same thing applied when I joined we have since had others come on board that I don’t know and don’t blog in my sphere.

    I may need to do a rethink and either go manual or pull out.

    I like Triberr and I think it’s a brilliant idea, I’m just a tad worried that it’s adding to the noise of Twitter and will become a law of diminishing returns as more people join.
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  8. says

    Hi Kristi,
    Twitterfeed doesn’t fit my needs too, and this post about Tribber probably will solve my problems. I’ll give a try to it and I’ll come back to make you my feeling about it.

    Thanks for the advice :)
    Giuseppe

  9. says

    Kristi, I see that recently many are talking about going manual. But I find that it really misses the whole point of Triberr (or at least the shiny catch for which many signed up for). Automated. So as I far as I know that 10 people will automatically tweet my post, I’m in peace. But when I don’t will I have to check who’s tweeting mine and who’s not? And have to decide to whom I will return the favor.

    That will be a burden to do. Plus manual retweeting means again doing the tweets in active mode. We need to set aside time for that (unlike automated tweets).

    I am aware of the concerns on irrelevant or inappropriate tweets. But doesn’t it mean that if we are careful in choosing our tribe members, we should be good?

    Got mixed feelings on this Triberr thing.
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  10. says

    I have been a part of Triberr for several months now and feel like I have a pretty good feel for it.

    The biggest challenge I have is that I am part of two tribes that have more than 30 members in them. Between them and the other tribes I am part of I have a very substantial reach so that is good.

    But, I have been struggling a bit lately because of time. These “supertribes” have some very good people in them but not all of them are really a good fit for me. I expect that several people feel the same about me.

    I don’t have time to put it on manual and check every single post but keeping it on auto makes me a little edgy too. So for the past 2 weeks or so I have been trying to pay closer attention to see if there is any trouble being caused by auto.

    I can’t say that I have a definitive answer to that question yet. I hearing any negative feedback, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is not there.

    So the question comes down to trying to ascertain if the benefit of the extended reach outweighs the risk.

  11. says

    Hi Kristi, thanks for the write-up!

    I guess I don’t really have a strategy so much. My Twitter following is a hodgepodge anyway, so I don’t have a problem tweeting out sometimes wildly disparate topics to them. I feel like I’m doing them a favor exposing them to stuff they may not have otherwise seen.

    Although I never thought of using a custom feed. And another thing, I never heard of Dooid.com before now, either -time to get a profile set up!

    I do like seeing the inner workings and methods of others though. Thanks again, peace!
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  12. says

    Loving being in a tribe with you Kristi! You are using Triberr a bit differently from me but as it is a game that is hardly surprising! The biggest benefit I have had from it so far has been the networking

  13. says

    My first Triberr strategy is to sign up. I’ve heard of it a couple of times before but I didn’t know what it was until you explained it here. Thanks for the great explanation. Manual does seem to be the better way to go. I’ve played around with automated Tweets and Yahoo Pipes, but it never quite works out the way it is supposed to.
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  14. says

    The manual setting: great for the individual / problematic for the community. Kindly consider what I just posted in my “The Business of Change” tribe – where we have a reach of 400,000 -plus in Twitter, who knows what we’ll have when Triberr integrates Facebook and/or Stumbleupon, and we have a real spirit that you will find in few tribes, one of give-and-take, people talking, helping each other offline, and reciprocally-minded actual *community* – and nearly all members on auto:

    We do see it, when there is one who will not let through any of our posts. We let it go for a few times, but then, we have to take this to mean, “they’re doing 100% take / 0% give.”

    How is this okay – even though, sure, for yourself, your own Twitter account, you are doing just fine without our blog tweets? It is not, in fact.

    We do see it in our Twitter mentions (the CERTAIN way) and we see that from Business of Change > Member > click on the “wheel” and notice, “wow, I published 3 times in the last week – and this delicate soul has not deigned to let even one of my articles come out of *their* precious Twitter account.

    Then, we look at your timeline in Twitter. Low and behold, you let through a smattering of articles – from all the bloggers you are connected to – and, sure as it would appear in Triberr stats and then, in searching mentions, not a single one of our own shows up. In fact, for a certain “suspect,” I went back through TEN DAYS of their timeline; they had not tweeted a single article (!!!) from Bus/Change members. Not a single one of oFolks, we do see it, when you let through none of our posts. We see that in our Twitter mentions (the CERTAIN way) and we see that from Business of Change > Member > click on the “wheel” and notice, “wow, I published 3 times in the last week – and this delicate soul has not deigned to let even one of my articles come out of *their* precious Twitter account.

    Then, we look at your timeline in Twitter. Low and behold, you let through a smattering of articles – from all the bloggers you are connected to – and, sure as it would appear in Triberr stats and then, in searching mentions, not a single one of our own shows up. In fact, for a certain “suspect,” I went back through TEN DAYS of their timeline; they had not tweeted a single article (!!!) from Bus/Change members. Not a single one of ours made the cut.

    Folks, when this is going on, members come to me. People write and SKYPE me, I need you to know. They notice. Please know that. “Auto” is not (yet) a requirement of this tribe. Reciprocation, however, is. If you continue to let through nothing, I will attempt to speak with you, learn what the problem is. I certainly listen, and want to know your reasoning. On the other hand, “manual” is not a setting to stay on permanently. We put our trust in your blog; show a little latitude toward ours. Or leave.

    Ask members; there are but two in our tribe who I have NOT helped with this or that. So, I don’t mean to be a pest. On the other hand, it wont be something that is left to remain unchanged, permanently, if here is a member not tweeting at least MOST of the other members posts. This tribe is strong, we have solidarity, and team players. I want you all in here, grateful you joined. I need not peter you with stuff like this when you are not being a problem – like tweeting NADA from us – and do thank you for your consideration.

    When in doubt from Business of Change, go to setting > scroll down to Applicant requirements. Your main twitter account, and manual setting being a temporary thing, when you find a solvable problem, they are right in there. Because it is no right to use a community where the status quo is for ll of us to tweet everything by you while you tweet little to nothing from us. That is something that gets fixed.urs made the cut.

    Folks, when this is going on, members come to me. People write and SKYPE me, I need you to know. They notice. Please know that. “Auto” is not (yet) a requirement of this tribe. Reciprocation, however, is. If you continue to let through nothing, I will attempt to speak with you, learn what the problem is. I certainly listen, and want to know your reasoning. On the other hand, “manual” is not a setting to stay on permanently. We put our trust in your blog; show a little latitude toward ours. Or leave.

    Ask members; there are but two in our tribe who I have NOT helped with this or that. So, I don’t mean to be a pest. On the other hand, it wont be something that is left to remain unchanged, permanently, if here is a member not tweeting at least MOST of the other members posts. This tribe is strong, we have solidarity, and team players. I want you all in here, grateful you joined. And like you best when you do your part.
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  15. says

    I signed up and really only part of one tribe… Have not formed any. Really would like to get more involved. Initially from your post it sounded like Karma was a good thing but Brankica just pointed out an example where it didn’t work for her with someone perhaps in a bad mood?

    Thanks for the post and motivation to do a bit more with Triberr.

    Cheers,
    Rajka
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  16. says

    I thought the triberr twitter list was pretty cool. Being the ‘just show up’ kind of guy, I don’t really give triberr much thought. I’m in three tribes that have a pretty good reach but I don’t think I’m at your level where I really need to worry about what is being sent under my name. Of course, if you set your expectations low enough you should never be disappointed, huh?

    Good stuff though, thanks for sharing.
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  17. says

    Another awesome post, Kristi!

    Of particular note is the use of Twitter lists to help with the engagement. Once you get your Twitter following to a certain level, staying in the home timeline/stream just isn’t practical unless you’re looking to spot-check or engage during low-traffic hours. Still, if you’re like me and you have people around the world in your audience, the activity doesn’t ever really slow down.

    In any case, Twitter lists are something that most forget about or dismiss all together. I like to subscribe to other lists every now but the real value resides in having more focused streams. It’s nice to see where we are mentioned on lists and get a feel for what others are doing. You can meet many great people through lists, too.. And maybe find someone you can get to know better and invite to a tribe!

    I am 100% with you on the matter of grouping up with people you trust. We never truly “know” each other, online or offline, but you definitely don’t want to randomly invite people just because they had a good tweet or blog that caught your eye. You need to dig deeper.

    This screening process is not just for you – it helps others out too! See what everyone’s goals are and team up with those whose goals, core values, and/or content align well with what you’re building through your tribe. The beauty of Triberr is that everyone can find a home there but every tribe requires engagement, which is why the latest features on Triberr excite me – folks can no longer “set it and forget it”!

    Manual mode is something I am still on the fence about. I have great respect for you and some of the other pioneers on Triberr. Even though I’ve been on Triberr since around June or July, I’m still trying to get into my flow.. I feel that manual mode will add more unnecessary “busy work” and there’s only maybe one or two people whose content does not interest me nor my audience.. But it’s still helping to keep my streams active whilst I get, you know, the paid work done. Haha

    With that in mind, I think manual mode is a wonderful addition, seeing how many folks were hesitant about Triberr because of the automation and potential spam aspect. I love how anyone that sets manual mode on automatically has their Triberr stream queued up for approval. That keeps folks from doing one-way sharing from happening and I hope they keep this feature – it’ll keep people honest!

    It seems we all have Triberr on our mind. I’ve published content on my blog and on Squidoo.. StumbleUpon has been buzzing with Triberr talk too. Those of us that have been here since the ground level are seeing amazing things being implemented.

    These are exciting times! I’m just glad I took the plunge with Triberr after a few weeks of hesitation and pondering.. I would not have met folks like you otherwise, Kristi (even though your search rankings are pretty darn good for the things I tend to look for – hence why I am back here)! 8)

  18. says

    Hi Kristi,

    I actually just came over from Google while doing some research about Triberr. I have been hearing a lot lately about it. Sadly, I found out that you can only become a triberr by getting invited. So, I can’t join.

    Anyway, it does seem like a good tool to build relationship with a few other bloggers and help each other to get your content in front of more people.
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