Dawn Of The WriterBots – or – Why Triberr Is Not A Good Idea For Writers

Social media interaction can be an incredibly wonderful and beneficial experience, if you’re doing it right. The job description of the modern writer includes having a coherent and professional social media presence, and we’re all doing our best to achieve that. But sometimes, we do too much and step over the line into Spam Land, and that’s a big problem.

There’s humongosaurian amounts of socializing tips and tricks out there, ranging from “expert” marketing advice that will make you spam people faster than Asian Viagra sellers, to qualified and tested advice aimed directly at professional writers, such as Kristen Lamb’s “We Are Not Alone” or Michael Hyatt’s “Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World”, and advice from lots of other successful writers such as Jody Hedlund (Putting The Social Back In Social Media) and Chuck Wendig (25 Things You Should Know About Social Media).

Most of you have already dipped into various platforms and tried things out, and you’re most likely feeling a combination of hope and disgust about the whole shebang on any given day, am I right? That’s because not all social media platforms and marketing techniques are created equal, and not all of them work for writers. Most of them, in fact, are more damaging than they are good, because they’re aimed at corporations, social media bloodsuckers and copy-writers (professional bloggers who make money from selling their ebooks on —duh!— blogging, and from the shoe and weight-loss ads on their pages).

It’s critical to understand that our needs as fiction writers differ from theirs. There’s a simple rule of thumb that will help us distinguish between social media advice that’s good for writers and advice that will harm us:

If the advice is aimed at driving traffic to our website instead of increasing our visibility within our niche, it’s the wrong advice for us as writers.

Let me explain what I mean by using Triberr (the self-proclaimed “Reach-Multiplier”, triberr.com) as an example.

 

Why Triberr is NOT good for Writers

It’s essentially a quick rise to a plateau, and then it’s just quicksand.

When you first start out with Triberr, the number of tweets to your blog rises dramatically, up to about 5 times of what it was before. You think: yay, people finally hear about me, they’re finally paying attention, they really care! Except—they really don’t.

They’re tweeting your posts right from inside the Triberr feed, not from your blog, which means barely 10% of your tribemates are actually reading anything you write and genuinely care about what you have to say (I know simply because my short-URL provider is a different one than Triberr’s, and I immediately recognize where a tweeted link to my blog sprung out of; and I also routinely check my stats to see where people who land on my blog are coming in from, and it’s not predominantly from the Triberr noise).

The Triberr experience has an initial spike, when all these new people start tweeting your blog posts, and then it rapidly plateaus and starts burrying you in it. Because after the initial novelty, all the people in your tribes are just spamming their followers with your links. And no one responds positively to spam.

After the initial high, you start realizing that you’re spending more and more time trying to read the posts of all the other tribe members who have tweeted your link. Most of their content is nice but it’s not for you, and you can’t possibly read all of them, but you “have to” tweet theirs since they were nice enough to tweet yours. Then you feel like a fraud because you didn’t really read all of them, and then you realize it’s 8 pm and you haven’t hit your daily wordcount because you were busy clearing your Triberr feed. You basically end up having two blogrolls to work through—your real one, the one comprised of all those blogs you actually subscribed to willingly because you were interested in them, and the Triberr feed that sneaked up on you.

You soon feel jaded and overwhelmed, and on the verge of just screwing all social media and going back to solitude. But Triberr is not social media. Triberr is the least social platform I’ve encountered so far. Why? Because social media is about communities and communication, and Triberr—despite the generous promotion it gets—is only about noise. Like a cocktail party with thousands of people yelling out their names and the names of their immediate neighbors, all the time, at the top of their lungs.

Let me give you some facts from my own experience with it.

Yesterday, August 12th, after about four months of being on Triberr, I was a member of 8 tribes which had a total of 114 tribemembers, and my account said I had a reach of a staggering 295,966 people! Wow! That’s an awesome achievement, right?

Wrong. Do you think I got 300K people reading my blog posts? Do you think I got 114 new subscribers or commenters? Or that my blog stats skyrocketed because of that obscene reach Triberr added up on its fingers? Or that even a fraction of those people is actually part of my demographics? Haaaa ha ha ha haa!! *stifled sob*

Know how many genuine relationships have formed due to all that investment of time & attention? A wonderful total of exactly SEVEN. Seven awesome people, seven awesome blogs I’m a direct follower of and which I got to know through Triberr. Seven blogs in four months of tedious reading, tweeting, gasping and feeling overwhelmed and miserable. I think I can do better with Google search and a couple of honest, friendly tweets in a single freakin day!

So thank you Triberr, but—no, thank you. 

Now, to be fair, Triberr was built on a promising ideal—in theory—and Dino & Dan get my full respect for that. But in reality it’s just a funnel of superficial traffic and disengaged noise, and writers don’t benefit from that. We benefit from readers and a functioning community of fellow writers. Communism sounded good in theory too, it was all about the middle class rising to power, all about the average Joe stepping up to claim his share of the pie. But when thousands want an equal share of the same pie, they just end up with crumbs. I grew up in communist Romania and I remember the feel of it very clearly, I know it means uniformity in the name of equality, and hopeless annonymity instead of a supportive community. And that’s exactly what Triberr gives writers in the long run.

As writers we benefit from individuality, from niches we tend to and people we know and who know us. We benefit from working together with those who love us for who we are and what we write, not for our retweeting capacity. And we thrive on small and dedicated communities, not annonimous masses.

Links and clicks are not relationships. Really, the more cookie-cutter tweets there are about your blog, the less visible you become, and the more insipid, repetitive tweets you send in your heartfelt and diligent attempt to be fair to your fellow tribemates, the more you turn into a BOT and you lose credibility. I’m sure you don’t want that, no one wants that.

We have to prioritize our efforts, and focus on quality not quantity. If we’re to be professional in our social media interactions, we have to deserve the trust and support of others, and not just make noise like those dime-a-dozen copywriters. Besides, our interactions on social media are not about selling stuff quick-and-dirty, they are about creating relationships. Check out the hard numbers and see how professional writers respond to this reality.

I also tip my hat at Kern Windwraith (Why I’m divorcing Triberr), Dee Carney (Via Triberr? No Thanks!), Alex Penny (The Many Reasons Why I’m Leaving Triberr), Kellye Crane (Let’s Vote Triberr Off The Island) and many others for speaking up and sharing their experience with the Triberr noise.

Today I’m combing Triberr one last time, and I will terminate my account by midnight. I’m plenty busy anyway and truly enjoying my favorite platforms, Twitter and Facebook, and there are still so many other venues for writers out there that deserve to be explored, such as Goodreads or specialized forums, where writers can talk about their love for fiction and get to know each other, not spam each other. And if you’re really up to try new stuff, check out all these cool places too.

Essentially, whether we’re indifferent to Triberr or not, we should always remember this—social media helps writers if it’s used to create relationships and generate trust, not to make noise. And we create relationships by being ourselves and interacting honestly with each other, not shoveling bits and bytes and punching links into each others’ eyes.

 

So tell me!

What’s your experience with social media spamming been so far (Triberr or otherwise)? What has it taught you about your approach?

 


 This post is part of a series discussing the essential ingredients
that make up a professional writing attitude.

49 Replies to “Dawn Of The WriterBots – or – Why Triberr Is Not A Good Idea For Writers”

  1. You’re absolutely right… I’m all for following authors on Twitter, but I want to follow them, not their marketing campaigns, not any mindless retweets because they feel obliged to support their tribe, I want to hear what they’re thinking and doing.

    The idea that reaching hundreds of thousands of twitter followers via Triberr is a good thing is a myth. During my last book launch, I deliberately limited where exposure came from and pointed triberr “leads” to my blog post rather than the book on Amazon specifically so I could test a theory, that the supposed reach of tribber was a farce. Sure enough, although my free ebook launch was re-tweeted by half a dozen tribe members to almost 100,000 followers, less than ten people came from that avenue. Over 1500 came from an author I know that has only 6000 twitter followers. So the numbers on Triberr are deceiving and no indication of effectiveness. Twitter is about the quality of the conversation, not the number of followers.

    Based on our twitter conversation last week on this subject, I quit Triberr over the weekend.

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    1. The experience you just shared, Peter, is exactly what I’m talking about — those 1500 people who came from that author, came because they trusted him to recommend good stuff, while all those people who follow all those tribemates don’t, because they can’t see a thing in the fog of links that pours out of Triberr, and the people who post all those links lose their credibility. It’s an unfortunate but inevitable side-effect.

      Thank you so much for sharing that, and for commenting! You rock!

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  2. Back in the day, it was all about driving traffic – this was the boom of the blog exchanges (Blog Explosion was the biggest). Basically, after you join, you are directed to blogs randomly. At the top, a banner would show up with a timer. You’d have to be on that page for at least 20 seconds. For every three clicks you run through, you’d earn ONE click for others to hit your blog. They would entice you, as every once in awhile, you’d actually win a certain number of hits to your blog as a little prize…Congrats! You just won 10 hits!!!!

    My traffic would skyrocket after I’d spend half the day doing this. But then when all of the hits I’ve earned are gone, my traffic would go back down. The exposure was great, but then again, no one was really reading my blog.

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    1. Ew, that sounds like some obscure speed dating experience. And it also makes me nod in admiration, like… dude, you’ve been at this for quite some time. 😀

      But seriously, Jay, you’re doing more than great with your blog without any gimmicks. I love your posts and it’s the quality and personality that keep me there, not your stats. So… shallow traffic? Pfft, whatever. 🙂

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  3. Hi Veronica! I love the irony of having tweeted this great post from Triberr! 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement, i.e., doing your bot-part by re-tweeting my posts these past few months and for the courage to write what everyone else is thinking.

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    1. Thank you so much for your tweets, Ingrid! 😀 Always loved chatting with you, and I’m still gonna keep an eye out, that’s for sure. 🙂

      Also thanks a bunch for stopping by to comment. Much appreciated!

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  4. I’ve never been on Triberr. With a Facebook fan page (like page?), a Google + page, a twitter account, a Goodreads author account and, of course, my own blog, I’m full up on my quota for social media. Besides, I’ve found that it doesn’t really help all that much. It’s great for meeting new people (I’ve met some pretty awesome friends via these sites), but it doesn’t translate to sales. At least, it hasn’t for me.
    Also, I’m not one for the hard sell style of promotion. I hate asking people to buy my books, and I get so very tired of authors who demand it constantly.
    I’ve had much more luck making sales with a stall at a local convention, selling nearly double in a weekend than I had sold the whole two years prior. Plus you get to talk with real people. That’s always nice.

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    1. Exactly. It’s relationships (even the brief, online kind) and communication, being open and engaging, that helps writers live their dream of sharing stories with others. Promotion is necessary but 8 times out of 10 it’s not done the right way. Instead it’s just noise, annoying, tiring noise, and the ROI (return of investment) is miserable.

      Sharing passion always gets us better results.

      Thank you very much for sharing that, S.M. I’m glad the convention went so well for you!

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    1. You probably didn’t notice I announced this to be my last day, and also last post on Triberr, right after I explained why I don’t care about tweets as much as about communication. I wanted my fellow writers on Triberr to think about it, and consciously decide if it’s worth their efforts. But thanks for commenting anyway.

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  5. I’m sticking with my Twitter and Facebook, and maybe Goodreads. Everything else is just a timesucker. I’m happy I had never discovered Tribber many of you speak about with such passionate dislike. 🙂

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    1. Got that right, Jelena. I’m gonna check out a few of the other websites and forums too, but I’ll probably stick with Twitter & Facebook. Besides, marketing & social media is supposed to be on the sidelines of writing, no? 😛

      Thanks a bunch for commenting! #highfive

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  6. I’m not terribly familiar with Triberr, as I have enough trouble meeting self-imposed social media obligations as it is, but this is certainly not the first time I’ve heard of an author making this realization. In the long run, it seems like something of this flavor just wouldn’t feel right, so I can see why you’re making the call you’re making.

    You’re right–no one likes spam. And I have to admit, a LOT of my twitter stream feels like spam these days. Filtering through lists helps, but I’ve been tempted a few times to just run through my follow list and go on a massive unfollow spree. I know it would likely result in losing a lot of followers of my own, but what good are they if I don’t have a genuine relationship with them anyway? Thus far, I think the main thing that’s stopped me from doing it is the work involved, and the fear that I’d accidentally axe someone I like (or would like if I had the chance to see their posts amidst the spammers).

    Anyway, nice post! It sounds like you made the right call in my book. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, James. Some things really don’t feel right after a while, and make you wonder what the freck you’re spending your time with. Every minute wasted sifting through anything, feeds, links, xerox tweets, is a minute not spent doing focused work or communicating with people. Or just a minute relaxing.

      Always happy to get your opinion. Thanks!

      P.S. I closed the tag. 😉

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    2. I agree with James. Life’s too short. Recently I *did* unfollow a whole bunch of spammers/sellers/non-engagers and you know what? No-one died.

      I am not nor never was on Triberr. Good job, too. I only use FB and Twitter and even then, after an initial read-everything-and-have-a-mental-eruption fail, I learned to be selective and to whisk through. If it catches my eye, or I’m tempted to chat with someone, then fine but I have to limit it.

      I’ve also added Cold Turkey for Windows and Freedom downloads and use them for my own writing time. They mean that I can choose to cut off Twitter or other social networks altogether (whilst still being able to research, e.g. Wikipedia) for a selected amount of time. One means you can be cut off from the internet altogether, wifi modem or not. Oh, the sheer relief!

      Particularly with Twitter (and I’m gathering the same for Triberr), it often feels like I still live on the main road where I used to live. We got every single leaflet and catalogue through the door because we were so accessible. Many of the promotional/sales posts on Twitter feel as though I still lived at that house, was forced to save up all the junk leaflets, then read them through word-for-word and one by one. Uugghh… Life really is too short.

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      1. Thanks for stopping by to comment, Heather! 🙂

        I understand the need to cut off the internet, or at least part of it (like access to social media). I haven’t installed any of that software (though I know of quite a few tools), because when I write, I don’t surf. I usually open a few sites, like dictionaries and Wikpedia, but I’m not tempted to open any other. If I would, it would be impossible for me to get anything done. So if the temptation’s there (and it is for most writers), finding a way to undermine it is essential!

        I think it’s great you’re not wasting time on social media unless to interact. That’s what it was invented for. All the rest is an abuse of it. 🙂

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      2. Thanks for stopping by to comment, Heather! 🙂

        I understand the need to cut off the internet, or at least part of it (like access to social media). I haven’t installed any of that software (though I know of quite a few tools), because when I write, I don’t surf. I usually open a few sites, like dictionaries and Wikpedia, but I’m not tempted to open any other. If I would, it would be impossible for me to get anything done. So if the temptation’s there (and it is for most writers), finding a way to undermine it is essential!

        I think it’s great you’re not wasting time on social media unless to interact. That’s what it was invented for. All the rest is an abuse of it. 🙂

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  7. Hi Vero! I read Kern Windwraith’s post the other day, and it’s interesting to read about your experience too. I never joined Triberr because one, I didn’t have the time to look into the benefits of joining, and two, I didn’t have the time to… Oh, right. 😉

    My all time fav social media platform is Twitter. I know that lately many bloggers and writer-bloggers are complaining about all the self-promo and “noise,” but I still find it to be useful and enjoyable. Besides, I’ve created lists so I don’t miss my favorite Tweeters. *points at you*

    Let me know what you think of Goodreads. I joined, but eventually left. One, not enough time to participate, and two, I’ve read more than one post that said the site is not friendly to readers who become writers. Not that I had any bad experience, mind you. But that sentiment is out there.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I was on Goodreads long before I even joined Twitter, and I made some great writer-friends on GR! I really miss spending more time on it… It’s basically a conglomerate of forums, and has no noise capacity even if you tried. You can share a lot of things with the world from inside GR, but not that way.

      Anyway, I’m glad you still enjoy Twitter despite the rise in noise. It only calls for better filtering, and I’m certainly not going anywhere soon just because stuff’s getting harder. 😉

      Thank you very much for the comment!

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  8. Well said, Vero! You already know how I feel about Triberr–it’s single-handedly sucking the joy out of my Twitter stream. Your phrase “social media bloodsuckers” is so very apt.

    I could not agree with you more that Triberr and fiction-writers are a doomed combination. For writers, social media should be about community and interaction and making connections with fellow writers, or at least that’s what I’m looking for. Triberr takes that interaction, shoves a pillow over its face, and then turns the stereo up really, really loud. It kills it dead. And bores everybody else to death in the process.

    Terrific post! (And thanks for the link back to my post, although anyone who clicks is going to get a HostGator page. I’m trying to migrate my blog over to WordPress and so far it hasn’t shown up. Sigh.)

    (and thanks for the link back, although,

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    1. Thank you so much for writing that post, for the open conversation about the issues we’re facing—uhm, we were facing with Triberr, heh—and for your comment & support. It’s like breathing in fresh mountain air to be out of that splishy-splashy stream. 🙂

      Let me know if you need help with WP. 😉

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  9. I’ve been waffling on this for a while. I do know I’ve received an increase in hits and followers since I joined Triberr a few months ago, but as you pointed out, it’s nowhere near the 250K+ connections I have on Triberr. I joined mostly to support my fellow authors and because I like the idea of having all my social media lumped together. However, I’ve got to tweet at least 10-15 a day to be caught up (and one of my tribes is militant about tweeting others links), so I always worry about spamming my followers.

    And I certainly don’t want my links (I blog no more than 2x) a week to be considered spam. So I don’t know what to do!

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    1. Thanks for talking openly about your doubts and concerns with Triberr, Stacy. I was unsure what to do about it for a whole while too.

      Thing is, the only thing that grows when we join Triberr is the noise, not our audience, and noise is not fruitful engagement. Triberr got me so excited at first, and then so tired, and ultimately I realized the few benefits it brings can be achieved by other means, that don’t require so much time, and don’t require us feeling overwhelmed and bitter about the whole social media experience. It’s supposed to be social after all, not stressful.

      Don’t worry about stepping down from that bandwagon, it’s just driving in circles. Invest some of that positive energy in fewer but more meaningful relationships, the kind that inspire you, not drain you. 🙂

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  10. I joined the Triberr bandwagon when invited by a couple of people I respected. Like you, however, after about four months I just didn’t feel good about the spammage. Yes, my name and my blog were getting out there, but I know how I feel when I see someone just spamming with links on Twitter, and not stopping to engage.

    So I split. I even left the Triberr tribe that my publisher supported. Even though I was told I don’t have to approve “every” post, it shows when you don’t – and don’t think people take that in stride, because I sure didn’t! I got pissy when people didn’t approve my blog posts.

    And that was really when I knew I needed to leave. I’m much happier without Triberr; and find I’m more willing to spend time on Twitter, listening, learning, commenting.

    Great discussion!

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    1. Thanks a lot for your comment, Christine!

      Indeed, I feel much better without Triberr as well, somewhat more energetic and positive, as if I just got rid of an ongoing mild headache I didn’t even notice I had, but that made me grumpy. 😀

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  11. I do use Triberr. But I do NOT tweet every single post. I also visit Twitter-land daily to interact in real time with my Sweet Tweets.

    Triberr is a tool, nothing more and nothing less. Nope, it is NOT a social network platform and I don’t believe it was ever intended to do that. For me it helps organize blog posts that I “might” want to read, and saves my inbox from imploding since I get upwards of 300-500 emails daily. With Triberr I can browse later and selectively (word there is SELECTIVELY) choose to re-tweet or like.

    Triberr and any other social media du jour should be considered like seasoning. A little salt and pepper enhances, but dumping the whole canister destroys the flavor.

    Great conversation and made me think, especially since I’ll be speaking on this later today at an event. Other’s milage may vary.

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    1. Thanks for voicing your opinion, Amy! And I’m glad the post offered some food for thought.

      It’s great that you’ve found a middle ground with Triberr, and that you can use it to your benefit. It’s certainly a tool, just like any other platform regardless of the scope it was designed for, and its worth as such is measured by whether it does what we need it to do at that time, or not, and at what expense. In my case, it was unfit for my needs, and the costs outweighed the benefits, nothing more under the bottom line . 🙂

      Wish you lots of fun & success at the event!

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  12. I’m on vacation and saw this on the run, so I didn’t get a chance to comment, and I shared most of my thoughts on Twitter anyway. 🙂 But I just want to thank you for the great post!

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  13. Triberr damn near killed #MyWANA. #MyWANA had been a strong, vibrant community and a beacon of light in the dark lonely void that Twitter can be…and then came Triberr. We became so inundated with link spam that fewer and fewer people were engaging on Twitter.

    There were people I trusted before to share great content, yet they lost my respect because they just did a lot of auto-tweeting from Triberr. I went from reading a lot of blogs, to ignoring most of them. I blogged a number of times trying to get the WANAs to please stop relying so much on Triberr, but there is that whole human nature thing (another reason communism only works on paper).

    I respect Dino and Dan and I think Triberr meant well, but it has ruined the Twitter experience. It wiped out the social aspect of Twitter. I finally grabbed a digital pitchfork and torch and gathered the few remaining WANA villagers to go chase the beast off #MyWANA. We have been taking back our community.

    It’s sad, because every WANA class I have had have really bonded as friends. The WANA 311 (the WANA Minions), WANA711, WANA 1011 all became furious friends. Triberr was introduced in the WANA112 class and it was the first class to not really knit together like the others and I feel it is because Triberr and technology saved them “time” which saved them from being truly vested in one another.

    WONDERFUL post and thank you for the shout-out.

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    1. I’ve been following the rally against spammers abusing #MyWANA (which one particular weekend when I was tired and couldn’t focus, was the main reason I cut the #MyWANA column out of Tweetdeck, to stop seeing the same BOTS crawling all over it with the same damn auto-tweets)(I got the column back meanwhile).

      Aside from that, I also love that you tell people flat out when they’re being abusive jerks on social media, or about to fall over the fence into that particular direction. Sometimes it’s not that they mean to do it, to spam and bully others, but the pressure they get from all those brainwashing sharks blaring their agenda at them can easily become overwhelming. Especially if it’s added to all the other stresses writers have.

      I hope #MyWANA will do well again and even better. Keep doing what you’re doing, Kristen, you’re one of the rare voices of reason. I’m glad there’s someone out there like you. 🙂

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      1. Thanks. I can’t do it alone. The more writers use #MyWANA as their water cooler and the more people help me gang up on the link-spam, the better. We have had to basically act like a neighborhood watch to keep the bots at bay. I am so tired of author-spam, and doing my part to keep the social in social media ;).

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  14. I think this point about sums up how I feel about Triberr. I was a member of a tribe that had over 300 people in it. Even sending out posts every 20 min, I would fall behind. I knew I was spamming people, so I left it.

    I’m now a member of two tribes, of about 20 each. These people, I read their blogs, they read mine. It’s worked out and now I have a system that works. So in my case, Triberr worked out. I go in once a day, and I read blogs and approve tweets in about an hour and get to writing for the day. But I’ve unfollowed at least 200 people who use Triberr all the time because that’s all their stream is. An automated mess, and it makes me sad.

    I taught a class on Triberr etiquette and how not to spam followers online for a “marketing for writers” loop, because I thought it was a better plan to educate people. But some people don’t get it and they’ll never use it right. So I’ll stick it out with my tribes, but I fully understand why people detest Triberr and will never use it.

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    1. It’s good to hear you found a balance with Triberr that works for you, Suzan. It’s best to always remember that any social media is there to serve the writer, not the other way around.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by to comment! 🙂

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      1. That being said, it occurred to me that I still mostly read blogs from Twitter and Facebook, not Triberr. But yes, I do agree. Social media doesn’t do its job if you’re not social.

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  15. I’m so glad I read this post just as I was trying to decide if I should put more effort into being involved with Triberr. Blogging is still somewhat new to me and I must admit, I feel pretty overwhelmed with all the different types of social media that can be used to promote blogs. I’m still trying to figure Twitter out, sad to say (although I love Goodreads)! And after signing up for Triberr and thinking, “Aaahh, how in the world does this work?” I feel relieved that I can give that platform a miss without feeling like I’m missing out. Now on to figuring out Twitter . . . Thanks for this advice-filled post!

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    1. You can be sure you’re not missing out on anything if you skip Triberr, Amanda. The amount of time and attention it requires to be wrestled into somewhat of a submission is not worth it, especially if you’re just starting out with social media. Forget hunting for number, that’s really not what it’s all about. Instead, just have fun, meet a few quality people, learn and enjoy, and don’t fret over traffic. 🙂

      Thanks a lot for stopping by! Nice meeting you. 🙂

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  16. Thanks for this insightful post! Glad Kristen Lamb posted a link on Facebook. (I’m also stoked to meet a fellow psychological thriller blogger. :))

    I like Triberr, but don’t use it to spam or send links carelessly. It can be a nice way to organize, read and share blogs we enjoy. I have noticed that many writers tweet up the wazzoo (not even sure how to spell that non-word ;)), and without reading the posts or conversing on Twitter. Like many social media tools, I think its value depends on how we use it. Moderation and authenticity are key.

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    1. Relief – exactly! That’s how I felt after leaving Triberr, and every day it got better. I find I have more time online to spend with people, and somehow I even have more… room in my head, and I can focus on the blogs I’m actually reading. 🙂

      I’m glad you took the decision, Cora! Thanks for letting me know.

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