This post is just to set the record straight. According to Dino Dogan, I’ve apparently earned the label of the anti-Triberr lady. It originated from my post on Danny Brown’s blog, Why I’m Hesitant About Triberr. It surprised me, as I was very careful with the title and the content of that post, to avoid exactly that perception. So, let me set the record straight:
I don’t hate Triberr.
In fact, there are things I love about Triberr:
I love the goal for which it was established: to give more exposure to smaller bloggers.
I love that being in Tribes can help keep your blog in front of your network and keep their’s in front of you.
I really like the new headline testing feature.
I like the way Triberr’s founders, Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo are ever present and responsive, and generally keep the discussion positive and professional–even when things have gotten a bit rough.
I like the fact that it’s working for people and increasing traffic to their blogs.
I like Dino’s thoughts about a union for bloggers, to enable bloggers to make a living at blogging.
There’s only one thing, actually, that I don’t like about Triberr:
I don’t like the auto-tweeting.
If everyone used Triberr in manual mode, I wouldn’t have a negative thing to say about it. The only part I don’t like is the auto-tweeting. I blogged last week about the fact that we’ve done a disservice to consumers and businesses using social media by suggesting that everyone should have a Facebook page and a Twitter account and converse, converse, converse. Consumers (us) are being flooded and overwhelmed, and are therefore tuning out.
I worry the same thing will happen if people share content indiscriminately in order to meet their business goals. If we inundate people with content that is largely irrelevant, we risk them tuning out content links and headlines. That will hurt content marketers and bloggers, in the long run.
Aside from that, I personally feel that my reputation is on the line when I share. I want to make sure what I share is worth reading and relevant for my audience. And, yes, ideally I wish everyone would do that.
It is what it is, and I’m fine with that
Triberr is what it is. People will use it in the way that suits them best. And that’s fine.
I’m using Triberr, too. I’m not using it extensively, but I am in a tribe and planning to join another. I’m just using it in manual mode. I will admit, that because of the auto-tweeting feature and my concerns about it, I have mixed feelings–just like I have mixed feelings about Klout. I’m happy to use it in the way that suits me best, though. I’m happy for you to do the same.
So, maybe now I can lose that “anti-Triberr lady” label?
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