Please note: This is not a paid endorsement nor am I seeking a paid endorsement. This is written to encourage my Tweeps to join my tribe so that I can get more people to see my blog. Period.
What is Triberr?
Put very simply, Triberr is an automatic service that will broadcast any new blog posts that you happen to write. The company calls itself a “Reach Multiplier” It does its multiplying via Twitter–anyone who you have included in your “tribe” (which is nothing more than a collection of people who have agreed to mutually support each other) will automatically Tweet the title of the post, a link to it, and an @mention referring back to you. Every one of their followers will see a Tweet announcing every one of your posts, every time. In short: What is Triberr?–A Megaphone.
What is Triberr? The Good Stuff
Once you have everything set up and have your “tribe” members all arranged, the application is simple and effective. In theory, you could set it up and never return to their website again, simply letting the application do its work. It follows your RSS feed and the feeds of your tribe members, so it knows when everyone has made a new post. It uses Twitter as its announcement medium so the Tweets are automatic as long as you don;t change your handle. And, it works. The number of click throughs to our blog has been staggering to me.
Also good, in my opinion, is that there is really no sales pith associated with the thing. It’s like using an application on your desktop–no one is prompting you to buy the upgraded version or to invite all of your friends or to mention Triberr here and there. It’s refreshing.
What is Triberr–The Not So Good Stuff
The people who invented and developed Triberr will readily admit that they are not computer people per se–they are bloggers who wanted this thing, and so found a way to develop it. As a result, the interface is not terribly user friendly. Lots of the links inside the interface don’t work, buttons don’t work, and most importantly, it’s tough to figure out if you have everything set up right. Part of that is because it’s really a simple thing, and I think the owners assume that it is so simple, everyone will know what to do.
In addition, the jargon that they have developed is, put frankly, silly. I really don’t like it, mostly because it confuses things and I am a firm believer in the KISS principle.
What is Triberr?–What You Need to Know to Use It
- You will need an invitation from someone in order to join and use Triberr (if you want one, post a reply to this post. The form will ask for your e-mail address–leave it. It won’t be published or sold, and I will invite you.)
- When you are invited you will be sent a code. Enter the code in the appropriate place, and you will be set up in Triberr–but only partially.
- Once you are “inside” go to “Account” The link is listed in the upper right hand corner.
- Be sure that your “Twitter Settings” are correct. This will insure that you are tweeting other Tribe Members blog updates.
- Be sure that your “RSS Settings” are correct. This will insure that your blog updates are tweeted to the followers of the other members of the tribe. If you’re not sure what your RSS settings are, look for the button pictured at right, and “hover” your mouse pointer over it. At the bottom left of your screen, you will see the address for your RSS feed.
- Toggle the different settings in the “Content Settings” area as you see fit.
That’s really all there is to it. There are lots of other features of Triberr, but as for making it work for you and for deriving benefit from being a part of it, this is all you really need to know. The rest you can explore over time.
What is Triberr?–Conclusion
No matter what our motivation, every one of us who has a blog wants everyone else to read it. I don’t think anyone would complain about broader reach. As with SEO, Triberr gives you the opportunity to expand your reach and to introduce your blog to people outisde of your immediate circle. It is simple, painless, and non-invasive to you or your followers. In my opinion at least, the answer to the question what is triberr is “awesome.”
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