On Why I’m Leaving Triberr.

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on October 9, 2011

in All About Me,Blogging,Farts and Other Stuff,The Internets

I’m a glutton for group joining. If someone wants to have me join their group, my self esteem explodes into gooey nuggets of happy.

“OF COURSE I WANT TO JOIN IN YOUR EXCLUSIVE WHATEVER THAT MAKES ME FEEL WANTED YOU LOVE ME YOU REALLY LOVE ME!”

I like to think of myself as a purveyor of new things on the internet. I try things out, I see how they work, then most of the time, I forget all about it until either they’re bigger than Jeesus or there’s controversy about it. (See: Quora, Plurk, Triberr, Pinterest, MySpace, Instagram, etc.)

Like 99% of things on the internet, unless a new something is easily learned, is pretty, and doesn’t make you look like a spammy douchebag, it won’t catch on with the masses.

I signed up for Triberr a little while ago as something new to try. At the time, no one in my circle of followers was using Triberr to amplify their readership. Or, at least that I noticed, and that’s really the point. At the time, I didn’t notice who was using the new blogging amplification service.

What is Triberr, you’re asking? The nice people at Triberr want you to be able to amplify your readership by having you join in “tribes” of people who will auto-tweet your blog posts when you publish them.

In my explanation is the problem: I have to explain it.

The first problem of Triberr is that it’s confusing. Because I refuse to admit defeat when it comes to understanding something new on the internet, I researched what exactly was going on at this new fangled social media fun, and from watching videos to reading paragraph-long explanations, I still had to try to use the application to fully understand it. And still, the masses don’t understand it and I’m sure I don’t even get it as much as I’d like.

The second problem of Triberr is that my blog feed is being auto-tweeted at various intervals on the other people’s Twitter feeds in my “tribes” in annoying amounts it’s annoying even me. Yes, I’m getting annoyed at the number of times my own posts are being auto-tweeted. If I’m getting annoyed at my own posts’ auto-tweeting, I can imagine just how annoying it is to other people who follow the people who are in my “tribe.”

I’ve seen some of the complaints about Triberr around the Twitter, the Facebook, and on blogs. I even defended it in a recent civil (I KNOW! IT HAPPENS!) Twitter conversation. But that also got me to re-evaluate just exactly my place was in Triberr and what it was doing for me.

It’s not doing much, if anything, to increase my blog’s readership. Never mind the extra 1-2 clicks I get a day from Triberr, my quality readership is not increasing.

The third problem of Triberr is that IT CAN COST ACTUAL MONEY. Not pretend internet money, but real, hard-earned American dollars from my bank account money can buy me into more tribes that will increase the number of people who auto-tweet my posts. That should have been my first clue into not joining. I don’t believe in buying readers, whether it’s from fake internet money or from real, hard-earned American dollars. No, I didn’t give over any of my real money to Triberr, but I’m sure there are some nice people who have. And to me, I don’t really want to be a part of that nonsense.

What does all of this way-too-long rambling mean? I’m leaving Triberr, effective today. I know. This stunning announcement will be shared amongst ones of people with shock and awe.

If I’ve annoyed you with any of my Triberr tweets, this is my apology. If you’re sticking with Triberr, I won’t unfriend you or unfollow you or even think differently of you. I hope you’ll do the same for me.

Pangie loves you.

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1 Robin October 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Ok…NOW it makes sense. I was wondering why the hell I saw random tweets in my twitter feed by my friends showing other people’s entries. While it did get me to read the content, it got really annoying after a while and looked more like sponsored posts rather than “spread the word.”
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2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I really don’t mind OTHER people doing it, I’m just deciding it’s no longer for me.

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3 burghbaby October 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I will resist an exclamation point and caps lock filled comment and just say wooo! :-)
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4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Why resist? Resistance is futile here on my blog.
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5 Amber October 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Well, I’m not going to argue that Triberr is not, at times, annoying. I definitely think it is a tool to be used with caution and I in every way agree with your point about it costing money.
I will say that it has been useful to me as a very small blog. I get around 50-75 page views from Triberr a day and this makes up a significant portion of my traffic. Like I said, I’m a small blog. A good traffic day for me is 500 hits, a bad day less than 100. I have had people subscribe to my blog after clicking over from triberr and my stats have grown since I joined.
I also have to say that the tweets I send out from other members of my tribe are often retweeted or interacted with. People favorite them, or reply saying they enjoyed the post.
That’s not to say that I disagree with this post. I think you make some great points and I think triberr is a tool that can be abused. AND GOD KNOWS it’s not user friendly. I think we proved that when I tried to join a few weeks ago.
I still love you, Pangie. Even if you don’t tweet my links to your bajillion followers!

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6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Alls I’m saying, is if it works for YOU, YOU can do it. I’m totally not hating on anyone who does it. I’m sorry you’re losing my pimpage, but if it’s that good, I’ll totally personally tweet your posts on my Twitter. Also, you’re pretty, so I’ll share your stuff.
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7 Leigh Ann October 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I left my tribe, but I’m still technically on triberr…so I only tweet out my own posts now. :) It was doing nothing for my traffic. Plus my tribe was small. One of the members posted several times a day on her craft blog, so everyone in the tribe was tweeting her stuff much more heavily, and she was getting a lot of traffic from us! I was always having people reply to my auto tweets about her projects. But when I looked at how many clicks I got from my tribe, it was a big fat zero. So I left. Good call.
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8 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I use dlvr.it to tweet out my posts. I like it because it has fancy metrics to see how many clicks and such. Then it doesn’t look like another Triberr tweet.

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9 MommyNamedApril October 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

um, yeh. this is the first time i’ve even heard of it. :-/
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10 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I’ll give you a pregnancy pass.

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11 alimartell October 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I have heard of it…but I don’t really get it.
But it sounds kind of spammy to me. Like, I don’t necessarily read YOUR twitter stream to see you auto-tweet someone else’s posts that you may have not even read yet, yanno? I want to see you posting links to the posts that you REALLY like and really want me to see. Does that make sense?

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12 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Yeah, it’s was the spammy connotation that started getting to me. I feel like I want sharing to be more organic, not just automatic. Sure I still auto-tweet my posts when I publish them with dlvr.it, but those are mine.

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13 Gwen October 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Thanks for breaking it down for me! I won’t be joining!

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14 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Glad I can help!

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15 Angie Uncovered October 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm

It’s difficult to find ways to increase your readership without looking like you’re spamming the whole of the internet. It’s frustrating sometimes! I’m considering cutting back on my posts and maybe trying some different grass roots ideas (when I come up with some). Thanks for the tip on Triberr! Keep up the great work!
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16 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

When I started a few months ago, there were only a few people in my “circle” of followers/followees that had Triberr, so it wasn’t really spammy overload. Now it’s just a lot of people tweeting a lot of other people’s stuff.

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17 VDog October 9, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Well said.

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18 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

thankyouverymuch

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19 Amy October 10, 2011 at 8:11 am

Ah, thank goodness – a pimping service already pre-pimped so I don’t have to spend the time to figure out I hate it. Thank you!

Below is my Twiends review along the same disappointing lines!
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20 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 10, 2011 at 11:07 am

Yeah, that post is how I found you and quickly fell in love.

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21 BusyDad October 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

I have been anti-triberr since day 1. I even got into it with the founder on Twitter. It’s real simple: auto RTs (which is essentially what it is), take the “social” out of social media and turn you into merely a conduit. Like the bodies in the pods in the Matrix.
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22 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 10, 2011 at 11:10 am

Please expand on this “I even got into it with the founder on Twitter” part of your comment.

A) When do you get the chance to talk to the founder of Twitter?
B) What was his issue?

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23 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

(*Jim wanted me to post his response from an email he sent me.*)

not the founder OF Twitter, the founder (of Triberr) ON Twitter. :) He saw my anti Triberr tweet and @replied me in an asshole way, so I went back and forth with him. I tried to answer this publicly, but I can’t find my comment on your blog.

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24 Ellen January 10, 2012 at 12:36 am

Surprisingly well-written and inofrimatve for a free online article.

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25 bvwwthxisl January 10, 2012 at 5:10 am
26 uqvjcvco January 12, 2012 at 11:33 am
27 Triplezmom October 10, 2011 at 10:48 am

Thank you for answering the question of whether I should join. Can you review all of the other ones you mentioned? Except Plurk. Already tried that.
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28 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

Quora is a social place to ask questions and get answers. Sometimes. Unless you’re a big-time Quora user, your questions will probably not get answered. Use Google.

Pinterest is the Devil’s timesuck. I’m in love and so is everyone who’s on it. I wrote about it here: http://www.curvygirlguide.com/girl-talk/what-is-pinterest/

Instagram is an iPhone app to share pictures and make them look old-timey.

MySpace: See 2004.

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29 Kim Tracy Prince October 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I can spot a Triberr link on Twitter real super easy-like. And I ignore them. And I am annoyed by them. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT.

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30 Maura October 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I’m not a Triberr fan in the least, but I haven’t been as vociferously against it as some people. I have been troubled by the increase in Triberr tweets accompanied by a lowering of the quality of what those tweets are pushing, however.

So while I get that you’re just not using it and aren’t against anyone else doing so, I’m very happy that there’s one fewer friend using it. :-)
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31 Mom101 October 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm

My issue has been that I hate seeing bloggers trading their integrity (i.e. recommending posts one hasn’t actually read by virtue of a retweet) in exchange for traffic. I’m still trying to figure out for whom this might be a great idea–maybe a very small knit group of blogs that are similar? Like I could see the celebrity baby type blogs all agreeing to do this for one another because their topics are the same. But I’m not sure…

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32 Eryn October 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Haha, I’m probably the one Maura here says is vociferously against Triberr.

I couldn’t decide if I just follow too narrow of a niche, all of which were tweeting for the same tribe, or if it was just that spammy.

At the core of it is that I don’t like giving over control of my tweet stream. I know you can go through each tweet individually, but when a huge wall of tweets pop up, you know they’re not.

How long until someone posts something grotesque, like how they think black people should be boiled alive, or something? Now you’ve given complacent approval to that & tweeted it to your followers. With the next political season coming up… Sure, build your tribe w/people you trust, but I don’t trust anybody enough to give them control of my feed.

My last problem with Triberr is that, as a night owl, I see a lot of Triberr links going up at 1am. If you’re purposely tweeting them at 1am to not annoy your readers, that’s a red flag. That’s also sleazy to me, because if I join, tweet out your links during peak traffic time & you tweet mine in the middle of the night, I’ll get very little ROI. It turns Twitter into a giant infomercial in the middle of the night. Ew. *Buys a Slap Chop while wearing her Snuggie*
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