I joined Triberr originally for my other twitter account @nicolehcook, and was pretty excited when I got my first pick on tribes I applied to. I got hooked within the first week, became super active and felt like I had gotten to know many people pretty well. I eventually added my twitter account and added the RSS feed for this blog. Then I set out to find some writing groups.
My whole goal with Triberr was to meet new people and become friendly with other bloggers. It definitely happened, but so did many other things along the way. I thought I would share some advice from my month on Triberr.
– When you first join Triberr – do not join another tribe, or create another tribe, until you have been a member for at least 2 weeks. This will allow you time to get used to the site, learn all the features and not make any mistakes along the way. (okay that’s silly because I’m sure you’ll make mistakes…. we all do.)
– When you do finally join new tribes, try to find out as MUCH information as you can about the tribe. Triberr has the settings set so that you usually can’t see who’s in a tribe until you get into it, nor can you have any idea what the frequency of tweets, etc will be in there. I learned this the hard way. I could see that there were 13 people in one tribe I joined, I thought that seemed manageable and small, which was what I wanted – only to find out that 3 out of the 13 people were deal & giveaway bloggers and they posted like 20 times a day. Yeah, talk about a clogged twitter feed.
– You can set the frequency of how often you tweet from Triberr. I usually have my set for 15 minutes, and then at night, I will up it to 5 minutes if there’s a lot scheduled. Also, remember that all of the posts in your stream from your tribemates are TENTATIVELY scheduled to go out at that time, does not mean they actually will. Triberr JUST added a “Tweet Now” button which as been WONDERFUL for me. I sometimes have huge gaps in my stream between posts/tweets, and posts that are clustered together, etc. This way, I can simply click the TWEET NOW button and it gets sent immediately. The only thing that would make it better is if we could schedule tweets for a certain time LOL.
– Don’t join whatever tribe sends you an invite. Don’t try to join every tribe. After I started paying attention to what tribemates were posting, I realized that there was a lot of stuff going out that wasn’t the type of information my followers were looking for – nothing like mixing yummy recipe posts with disgusting poopy diaper posts. Yeah, not really my thing.
– If you have a question, or a problem – and you ask a question in the Bonfire area – that’s okay. But don’t get mad when you don’t get a response right away. Both Dan & Dino have full time jobs and are extremely attentive during their off hours, but they have wives, girlfriends and a life. You’re not paying for the site, so just be patient. It’s still new, it’s going to have growing pains.
– Don’t be sucked into the numbers game. Many start paying attention to “reach” which is the number of people you “reach” with your post when it is tweeted to each of your tribemates. It’s hard not to notice it, but I don’t even pay attention to it anymore. Many want to have the highest, biggest reach – but by far this doesn’t mean anything and what it usually does is turn your twitter stream into a spammy mess, because in a tribe of 20, if everyone posted once a day (and trust me, many of these people do nothing but post ALL day) = that’s 20 posts that are going to go through your twitter stream in one day. Join more than once tribe and that number continues to climb.
– Which reminds me, make sure you pay attention to your twitter stream. Look at what you’re posting. Then think about if you were one of your followers, would you find that info useful? Or spammy? Some of these “general” tribes are full of the giveaway gals, as I call them. They do nothing but post about deals, coupons and oh my goodness – the giveaways, all day. Which means, you do nothing but tweet about their posts about the deals, coupons and the giveaways. See? Great if you’re a giveaway gal, not so great if you’re not.
Don’t get me wrong – deals, coupons and giveaways are great but some of these gals were posting upwards of 6-10 times a day (most of the time more). I post MAYBE once a day. It was too much.
I don’t regret Triberr in any way, shape or form. I have grown as a blogger since day 1, I continue to pay attention to what is being tweeted, and I’m still having a great time. There’s been some snafu’s along the way, and they are what they are. I’m good with them.
So, with all the said – if you are writer, and you are interested in joining our tribe Writing Warriors, let me know (send me an inbox nicole AT dailydishrecipes DOT com, or send me a message on twitter. I do have inbreeding unlocked so if you are already on Triberr, I have you covered too. We’re a friendly bunch with quality content – you do however need to have a writing blog where more than 75% of your posts are related to writing. But other than that, any genre, topic, etc.
If you have other tips & tricks for Triberr members or newbies, please feel free to leave them in the comments.
Wanna join my tribe? Shoot me a message! :0)
Have a great weekend!