Toward the end of 2012, Triberr developed a really useful feature which allows members to follow Tribes to which they do not belong. A lot of users have questions. This post aims to answer some of those questions, and perhaps to point my fellow Tribemates in the right direction should there be inquiries I can’t answer.
What is the purpose of following Tribes?
If you aren’t interested in reading any more blog posts than you already do read; if you aren’t interested in growing any Tribes of which you are the chief; if you aren’t interested in branching out the kind of material you already share with your followers… then following Tribes likely isn’t something for you, and you can stop reading now because this post will just be unnecessary boringness.
If, however, you want to read more posts than only those which already show up in your Triberr feed; if you are considering adding more members to the tribes of which you’re in charge; if you think your followers might be interested in reading a more diverse set of posts than those which you already share… then following Tribes is EXACTLY what you need to start doing.
As Triberr co-creator Dan Cristo says of following Tribes,
“As of right now anyone can begin following a tribe. So instead of trying to find the right people to follow on Twitter, I’ll just follow a few great tribes on Triberr, and the Chief’s [sic] can curate the members for me. How awesome is that?”
Well, Dan, it’s pretty fucking awesome, if you ask me.
How will following Tribes impact my statistics?
Following Tribes will impact your statistics in exactly NO WAY whatsoever. While it is true that the blog posts (of the Tribemates who belong to the Tribes you are following) will appear in your stream, and while it is true that you may certainly approve them for sharing, you are in no way obligated to do so.
Your own posts will NOT appear in the streams of those Tribes you are following. As a follower of a Tribe, you are NOT a member of that Tribe. So if you do decide to approve posts from Tribes you’re following, you are basically acting as an interested “groupie”, sharing material with no expectation of reciprocation.
Will I be penalized for NOT following Tribes?
Nah, man. If it’s too much for you to handle, just skip it. No bigs. And if you find that someone is following your Tribe, just pay no attention. The interested party isn’t hanging around just to harass you, and a follower’s blog posts aren’t going to start showing up in your stream unexpectedly. Just pretend the whole thing isn’t happening. You’ll be okay.
I just want a private club and have no desire to actually grow my blog because for whatever reason I’m a weirdo who uses a Blog Amplification Platform for things that are counter to Blog Amplification. How do I stop people from following my private club?
Well, first I just want to reiterate that you’re a weirdo, and if you have a private club that’s a bit counter to Triberr’s intention to help little blogs grow big. But whatever. It’s a free country and if you want to be a weirdo, I support your right to do so. Weirdo.
“If you don’t want to allow follows, you can set your tribe to ‘private’ in the tribe settings.”
I just double-checked that this information is still accurate, and was able to easily find the tribe settings to which Dan refers. It looks like this:
Then you have two options: Public or Private. Maybe the assholes I complained about last week should have set their stupid private club to private. I still just can’t understand why anyone would be on a blog amplification platform with no intention of amplifying their blog. Seems stupid to me.
If I’m following Tribes, can I interact with the members of that Tribe by leaving messages on that Tribe’s bulletin board?
Yes, but while a follower’s comments are visible to the entire Tribe on the bulletin board, the comments won’t be emailed to that Tribe’s members, as opposed to comments from actual members which *DO* get emailed out to the other members.
“This is to prevent people from popping into tribes and spamming the group,” explains Dan.
Triberr founder Dino Dogan states,
“Followers are very much like tribe members. The only missing functionality is when I follow the tribe, they dont [sic] share my content until I’m made […] a full fledged [sic] member.”
Following Tribes is fun.
I am really enjoying following Tribes. It’s the easiest way to follow a blogger’s posts without actually subscribing. Plus? I have muted a ton of motherfuckers. When was the last time you were able to get people to shut up so easily? Good times!