Here are my main problems with Triberr, and my ideas for fixing the issues. How well my plan works really depends on YOU. You’ll probably want to check out Unspam Triberr Part 1 if you haven’t read it yet!
1. Twitter mentions suck.
Well no. Actually, quite the opposite is true. Twitter mentions are fucking sweet! But… only if the mentions are legit. I’m going to pull down my pants and let my hubz take a screen shot of my “@” section.
You liked that, didn’t you?
Seriously, though. If you take a look at my connections or mentions or whatever, you can see that every single one is a tweet by one of my tribemates. There’s nothing wrong with my material being tweeted, per se, as I think we would all agree. However, if that’s the ONLY kind of Twitter mention I have going on, for miles and miles worth of scrolling, before I can find something more personal… well, that’s a problem.
If your Twitter mentions resemble mine in any way, you are likely feeling my pain. Tribemates sharing my material is an awesome thing, so I don’t mean to complain along the lines of, “OMG, woe is me, too many people are sharing my stuffs! #FirstWorldProblems!”
But okay, yeah, maybe I *DO* mean to complain along those lines. Kind of. A little bit. What I mean is somewhat more along the lines of this:
Too many OF THE WRONG PEOPLE are sharing my stuffs!
And yes, I realize this can still be categorized under #FirstWorldProblems. Not much I can do about this with this blog post, though, ya know?
Answer: Unspam Triberr by cleaning up your Twitter stream.
Too many of the wrong people are sharing my stuffs because, simply put, I belong to too many of the wrong tribes. I said in Part 1 that I only belong to five tribes, and that this is a small number compared to many Triberr users. That’s still true. So I suggest seriously reassessing the tribes to which you already belong, particularly before joining any new ones.
I may consider dropping a tribe or two, and for the sake of your Twitter mentions, you should consider it too. But even more than that, if you are a chief, consider the tribemates who are sharing your material. You actually have the most power over that group. That’s where I plan to start making changes. As in… some people are getting the boot. Not because I don’t like them. Not because I think their blogs necessarily suck. Not because I have anything against their message. But because I want the people in my tribe — the people most inclined and most obligated to share my material — to best represent me and my material.
This is a bold statement coming from someone who writes a goofball, off-the-cuff, rant-ish, non-niche, unprofessional blog. I can hear you asking me now, “Who the hellz do you think you are, Andi-Roo?”
Who I am, is someone who wants to have control over my Twitter feed. Who I am, is someone who wants to be able to interact with my readers. Who I am, is someone who wants to put the social back into social media. Who I am is, is someone who isn’t enjoy the current way of things.
My question now is this: “Who the hellz do you think YOU are?”
There is plenty of advice out there for cleaning up your Twitter stream that has nothing to do with Triberr, but I would be remiss if I did not send you to my friend Carol Lynn’s post yesterday for a great example of how “You’re Doing Twitter Wrong!” She makes great points that we should all — whether for personal or professional accounts — consider, the most pertinent of which is this:
“Before your next post,
spend some time figuring out
why you’re on Twitter,
what you hope to achieve
and how you’ll get there.”
2. Automated Tweets suck.
Just kidding. I wrote a post recently stating the exact opposite, as I believe auto-sharing is awesome-sauce. But as I pointed out in that article, it only works well if you actually go back later and read what you tweeted. If you don’t, you have just been guilty of spamming, my friend.
My hubz has been cleaning up his Triberr feed the same way I have been cleaning up mine. This morning he turned to me as excited as a kid on his birthday and exclaimed, “I just read two posts! And commented on them! And edited the tweets to personalize them!”
Why was this such a big deal to him? Because he has been suffering the same backlog of Triberr posts as the rest of us. Under pressure to hurry up and share, he was just sharing posts without bothering to see what was actually worth sharing. He hadn’t read any of the material he was sending out in weeks — maybe even months. There was no time.
Answer: Unspam Triberr by using automation appropriately.
I do not advocate dropping automation altogether, unless you have zero intention of following up, in which case — YES, by all means, stop automating your shares! No more blind tweets! Cut it out!
This means honestly and objectively assessing your abilities and your schedule. I have every intention of going back and reading 100% of the material I auto-share. But if I’m being truthful, I just can’t. So I haven’t been. And furthermore, I know I won’t. It was a long time before I could admit this to myself. I want to be better than I am. I’m just… not.
If you find you, too, are unable to go back and read your automated tweets, it’s time to sit down and do some soul searching. Maybe it means dropping automation altogether. That’s cool. Change is good; it means growth.
I’m not going to skip automation altogether, but I am going to compromise. There are some blogs I absolutely will NOT stop sharing, because I love the writers and the majority of their material. I have hand-picked 5-10 of these which are close to my heart, and will keep automating their material. But only because I trust myself to read and comment — and sometimes even RT again! — their posts. These are individuals with whom I have developed a personal relationship, so I know without a doubt I will be drawn again-n-again to their blogs.
Ultimately, that’s what blogging is supposed to be about — developing relationships, whether on a personal or professional level. I am ashamed to admit I had stopped doing that for a while. I think maybe a lot of us have. It’s not too late to realize our mistake, apologize, and move on.
3. Triberr DOES NOT suck.
Some might read into this two-shot series a message I’m not sending. Some might fall under the misguided impression that I gots beef with Triberr or its creators. I cannot stress enough how untrue either statement is! I adore Triberr, and I adore its creators even more so! It’s not the fault of Triberr, Dino, or Dan that I — that we collectively — have been messing up.
And that’s the crux of the issue. We HAVE been messing up.
But they need our help. I’ve been coming at this Triberr thing all wrong. We all have. It’s time to get real with it, to treat it as the social media tool it really is. A hammer is only as useful as the hand that swings it. Right now we are all swinging in a billion directions, heedless of the nails, maybe striking one now and again, but never driving it fully home. That has to change.
Answer: Unspam Triberr by being an active participant.
Here’s the deal. Your Triberr shares — your tribes, if you’re a chief — are your online identity. Your Twitter shares are your online identity. Hellz — your blog itself is your online identity. You shouldn’t compromise your identity out of a sense of perceived obligation. It took me a long time to reach this conclusion. Slow learner, anyone?
You can follow any of my suggestions, or you can kick them to the curb and come up with a whole new set of ideas. Either way is great. But if you want to help Unspam Triber, you absolutely have to be an active participant.
Ask questions. Talk to power users. Interact with Dino and Dan. Be active in your role as a member — particularly if you are a chief.