Triberr's concept is simple: join a 'tribe' of other like-minded bloggers. Everytime you post, Triberr imports your post title/link into a queue that's visible by all your tribe members - called your tribal 'stream'. Your tribe members then click to allow an automatically-generated tweet, which Triberr releases to Twitter in 20-minute increments.
Here's an example of what those tweets look like: 'Friday Funnies' owt.ryl.com via rewrighter01
I check my tribal stream at least once per day, choosing those links I think my followers would enjoy. Triberr does the rest. It's fast, fun and increases my own blogging reach exponentially. Currently, I belong to two tribes (a small number - most Triberr members belong to several more) with a reach of over 8,000 people. Triberr calculates the 'reach' by figuring out the total number of followers of your entire tribe. So if Suzi Q has 1,500 followers and I have 250, it adds up those totals to get a reach of 1,750 people.
|an example of a tribal queue|
Upside: Everything so far. Triberr also hosts a forum called 'bonfires' where potential tribe mates can meet and match, or discuss various things. To grow my own tribe - called YA Writers - I posted a thread saying my tribe was open to those who write, read or blog about YA writing. Simple, right? Read on...
Downsides: I've discovered that there's really no foolproof way to screen people who want to belong to your tribe (other than visiting the supposed sites of those that indicated an interest.) I began inviting people who indicated an interest on my thread about YA Writers. Each invite costs me 15 'bones' - as a newbie, I started out with 85. Unfortunately, a few of those new members were apparently spammers, since the posts that have gone into my tribal stream have nothing to do with YA writing. This is a pain but not (hopefully) fatal. I just don't click on those posts to share. But I have lost all those bones, which I need to invite other members. I'm down to 10 now, so no more invites until I somehow earn some more.
The other downside is, of course, the time it takes to find those like-minded bloggers. Reading bonfires can be a time suck, and there's no guarantee the writer of the original thread - who is also usually the Tribe Ruler - will ever answer/invite you to join their tribe. No doubt those Rulers have the same issue I do, which is to earn back the bones needed to invite/increase your tribe.
Anyway, joining Triberr is free and worth a tour. If you decide to join, stop in and say hey. I'd love to invite you to YA Writers as soon as I have the means to do it. If you form your own tribe, and it overlaps with mine, send me an invite!