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.