I will preface this post by saying Dino Dogan provided me the opportunity to join Triberr in the very beginning with one caveat; your blog can’t suck. I was already hanging out with some heavy hitters, but so new to the game there was no way I was dragging this thing out for broadcast; my moniker ‘invisible’ blogger was there for a reason.
Subsequently, by not taking a pro-active approach I was never on the ‘must have’ list and had to wait until someone eventually asked me to join; and because of this, my results and experience have been mixed at best.
Fortunately, the Triberr platform has not taken a beat down like Klout has, and it’s impressive what Dino and Dan Cristo have done. If you know Dino at all, he is not one to mince words so his reply to a comment on Four Reasons Why I Finally Like Tribber at Mark Schaefer’s place is pretty succinct: ‘ What many critics forget is that Triberr is growing up naked and in public. We stumble but we’re growing and evolving every day. More news on that soon :-)’
What is Triberr?
Triberr is an invite only website for bloggers interested in increasing their reach. Pretty simple, huh? Obviously it’s not for everyone for various reasons, and if you read Mark’s post you can see some of the arguments for and against.
So, what is your point?
I am in 3 tribes with 29 tribe mates and a reach of 138,000. Out of my 29 tribe mates some are duplicates so the real number is probably closer to 23 or 24. However, only one-third are active members at best.
My numbers are modest for sure, but that is what happens when you just show up; you have to take what you can get, right?
My main question is ‘why are two-thirds of my ‘mates’ not using it’? I did take the time to ‘ask’ but only found the echo chamber everyone is talking about. Hence, the gist of my post.
All I know is somebody better be picking up the pace if I’m going to make my New Year’s resolution of being ridiculously famous in 2012. I’m.serious.
Who is using it effectively?
There was a big to-do when it was fully automated; so as part of the evolution, Triberr now has a manual release only option. After this ‘fix’, two-thirds of my peeps either got really lazy or my posts were so bad nobody wanted to promote it. Don’t answer……….
I try to promote ALL my tribe mates and will even personalize the re-tweet. I might not bring much to the table, but that I can do.
I will also add, the one-third that is active do a good job and it is much appreciated.
Is Triberr still the next ‘big’ thing?
I hope so, because I want to be able to tell people I knew Dino ‘when’ before he becomes ridiculously famous (and wealthy). He needs to know it will be a race however if my tribe mates finally decide to step up and get me there first. And I will be ‘ok’ with him saying the same thing about me……….just sayin’……….
It has my vote
We all know how fickle and snarky social can be. I try to stay away from all that noise, it will just make you do silly things. As a sharing mechanism and a way to promote my friends, I think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s already setting the table for you; all you have to do is ‘show up’ and we all know that is how I roll.
So answer me this
I’ve seen the reasons why some came and went; some are in, but dormant; and some never joined, but really? The whole point was to provide a platform for bloggers still in the minors to get their voice heard on a larger scale.
This is called helping, sharing, giving back to your community; and Dino has made it about as easy as it can be. I really don’t see a downside.
It’s my turn
I know if I have less than enthusiastic tribe mates it is up to me to make things happen. I can always move on and find more active tribes, or just hang around and be happy with what I get. The good news is, it is easy to do both.
We are already half way through January and nobody is knocking down my door yet, so this is your wake-up call; get your ass in gear. Don’t make me hunt you down……….and yes, I have spots open if you want to help me to the top.