The first I heard of Triberr was a few weeks ago when I saw a tweet from a Mummy Blogger looking to expand her Tribe. Intrigued by talk of Tribes I clicked on her link and read a little further on the topic. Triberr is a reach multiplier which tweets your blog posts to not only your twitter followers but to all of your Tribe’s twitter followers too.
How do I join Triberr?
You can only join Triberr by invitation. Each Tribe can have 7 members initially and once you have joined a Tribe you can go on to create 3 further Tribe’s of which you are Chief. If you know someone who is already a member of Triberr who can ask them for a code to join or you can look on the list of Tribes already active on Triberr and ask them nicely if you can join their Tribe. If you get lucky, great! If you get turned down, don’t be disheartened just try a different Tribe.
Isn’t Triberr just a big Spam machine?
It all sounds brilliant doesn’t it? In principle it is great but as I have found out, being a member of Triberr is starting to upset a few of my followers on Twitter because they feel like I am filling their timeline up with Spam. I can kind of see their point as I use Tweetdeck and now when I’m looking at my Mentions column I have to pick out the actual messages for me from the Tweets which have been sent out automatically by my Tribe-mates.
So, for a while I toyed with the idea of pulling out of Triberr altogether but then I remembered the reason I joined in the first place. I wanted to find new readers, I wanted to reach a wider audience and Triberr has done just that for me. I have seen a significant rise in visitors to my site and not just people clicking on and clicking off again, I am seeing more comments too from people who I have never even heard of before and in turn I am visiting their sites and discovering new content to read. So Triberr is working and I’m going to stick with it. But rather than upset my current followers I want to help you to understand the way it works if I can?
Who should be in my Tribe?
If you decide to join Triberr, you need to make sure that you join a Tribe of like-minded people. So if you are a Mummy Blogger, there is no point joining a Tribe of Hairy Motorbikers because your usual followers probably won’t be very interested in what the Hairy Bikers will have to say and therefore will soon get fed up of seeing your tweets. If you are a Mummy blogger and you join with other Mummy Bloggers who are perhaps out of your usual circle then you will reach a new audience of Mummy Bloggers who are writing and tweeting about similar things but perhaps without Triberr you might never have discovered each other. In order to achieve the greatest success as a Tribe you need to add Tribe Members who already have a large and loyal following on Twitter. When I joined Triberr my followers were at 1,535 so that was the number of people who would see my tweets when a post was published. Now thanks to Triberr the reach is over 34,000 people who will see a Tweet when my post is published and that’s not to be sniffed at!!
How do I set up Triberr so as not to annoy my followers?
Then you need to learn how to operate Triberr. If you read the instructions on the site (as I did) it says just set everything to automatic and the site will do the rest. Well, yes it does, but it also upsets your follows as I have already mentioned. You can change the frequency of your tweets, I didn’t realise until yesterday that mine were set to every 20 minutes which would definitely be annoying so I have now changed this to every 2 hours. You can also set your account to manual where you choose which blog posts you want to retweet and can be more selective of the content you wish to promote. Perhaps this way you will discover which Tribe-mates you are more suited to and can finetune your Tribe until you have a Tribe who are truly in sync with each other. We aren’t all going to write on topics which we all love and want to share all of the time so you have to accept that perhaps other Tribe-mates might not retweet all of your posts either but even one extra retweet helps surely?
For a more in-depth guide to using Triberr I would recommend this post which I found very helpful on kikolani.com
I am still building my Tribes and if anyone is interested in joining, then Mummy/Daddy bloggers are welcome to leave a comment and I will get back to you.