A Triberr Confessional

By: Guest | February 18, 2013 | 

Today’s guest post is by Amy McCloskey Tobin.

This post took me longer than any I have ever penned because I am so torn over how I feel about it’s subject: Triberr.

Before you react, I KNOW how beloved the app is to so many of us bloggers.

I had to twist Gini Dietrich’s arm a bit to get approval because she loves it so much.

My confession: I use Triberr every day, and sometimes I abuse it.

This post is not anti-Triberr, but about how we abuse it to our own detriment.

I know this: It often damages the authenticity of my social experience.

Like any long-time user of social media, I have been going through a metamorphosis: in the beginning I tried desperately to stay ‘up’ on every new network. I could never catch my breath, nor could I intelligently consume it all. As my social community has grown, it is difficult to interact on all of the blogs and communities I admire and cherish. I’ve had to edit my consumption so I can actually digest what I was reading intelligently.

Enter Triberr

My first foray into Triberr was in a pleasant little Tribe of five; I read every post and shared them all willingly. And, the return on my time investment was that Triberr helped my own blog considerably; I earned more followers and was eventually invited to guest post on and then other more prominent sites.

Over time, my tribe membership became a monster; I ended up in two tribes totalling 58 members. If I behaved as a good Tribemate, I’d have to share all 56 other members’ posts. God forbid I took a day off, I’d up with 35 backlogged posts. I became overwhelmed. Somedays I hid and didn’t even enter the site.

Sharing is Caring!

Then, for a short time I decided to dedicate myself to keeping up – and I shared everything. I approved it ALL, even without reading it. The reason I fell in love with social media was the authenticity of it; sharing blindly just felt so wrong, but I had to pay back my tribemates, right?

Deep down I knew this was wrong. What would Holden Caulfield say? He’d call me a phony. I represent myself as having a strong level of integrity but I had become a sharing harlot.

There were others issues too. As I’d become lazy and dependent on the approved sharing cue, I also began posting the same blogs, with no comments on my own perspective, to all of the networks. And yes, I know this is not best practice activity…I would criticize any of my clients for doing the same.

Scaling Back

As I was struggling with my own lack of sharing integrity I was invited to a Power Sharers tribe of 277 – aghhh! This had to stop somewhere.

Before I quit using Triberr, I decided to take some responsibility regarding how I was choosing to use it. I stopped sharing all of my tribemates’ posts, and took the retribution from some choosing not to share mine anymore either. I began to see Triberr as a curation tool. I did have a lot of great bloggers in my tribes, so instead of blaming Triberr for how I used it, I started to regard it as a safe keeping spot for blogs I intended to read.

Skimming through the queue made it a lot easier for me to find the titles that were appealing and relevant. It did mean I’d skip a lot of Free Offer and Special Deal posts. But I read meaningful stuff, and open anything that remotely piques my interest. I try to desist from approving anything I haven’t read fully.

Triberr was never the problem; my abuse of it was.

Amy McCloskey Tobin is a business development executive at ArCompany, and specializes in PR and integrated marketing strategy. She also is the founder of Ariel Marketing Group, llc,. Her mission in life is to create smart, individualized marketing strategies for small business. 

  • Love this, Amy! I agree wholeheartedly. I disliked Triberr for a time because I had so many posts to keep up with and some people whose posts I never shared because I didn’t care to – their content didn’t fit with me. I actually pulled out of most tribes and just stayed in a couple of small, very tight ones and created one with the handful of people not in the tribes that remained, inviting just those folks whose content I know I’m likely to share.
    I basically use it the same way now – as a way to curate what content I’m going to share.

    • @AmyVernon Hi there Amy – I really struggled with this post… the main issue I had with Triberr was exactly what you described – content that I did NOT want to share. I  detest the “you itch my back…” mentality that overtakes Soc. Media sometimes.  However, after months of agonizing I realized that it really was my misuse of the system that caused the issues, not Triberr itself.

      • @AmyMccTobin  @AmyVernon I scan the titles. Read before sharing. No automatic shares. No feeling of obligation. I share what I believe is valuable to share, I do not share content that I believe is not pertinent/applicable to those I share with. I miss things sometimes. I don’t always get through a feed. But I do my best, because I do read before sharing.  I don’t believe it should be an obligatory reciprocation. Love your post. (and loved you at #HecklersHangout:) Cheers! Kaarina

        • @KDillabough  @AmyVernon Yes well Kaarina, I am always best when snark and wine are in abundance 🙂

  • I totally agree and use Triberr the same way. I won’t share posts that have profanity in them or are offensive, posts from bloggers that post multiple times a day (I’ll share some, just not all), and posts that I know my Twitter followers would not appreciate.  It’s just good business.  🙂

  • I don’t disagree with your assessment one bit. I’ve found the exact, same thing with my experience. In fact, I was so overwhelmed by it, it took a friend calling me out about not using it before I dedicated myself to a new way of doing things. Now I use it as an RSS feed. The blog posts I don’t want to miss, I get in my inbox. The ones that come next I get in Triberr, and then my Google Reader is last. I don’t approve every blog post (anymore) and I read every one I do approve. But I don’t always comment. Some days there just aren’t enough hours.

    • @ginidietrich Exactly what I do too, Gini, like an RSS.  And it’s introduced me to people that I might not otherwise meet.  Tools will always be used in ways other than intended.  If we share the stuff we find interesting or valuable, we won’t likely go wrong.

    • @ginidietrich As you know, it took me a while to get to this happy place with Triberr… I kept wanting to blame @dinodogan for my own misuse of the program.I stopped using my RSS feed altogether.  Some days I can’t get to Triberr, and I just go back on the weekend to catch up.  One thing I’d love to have in there is a place to store the ones I want to get to so they don’t disappear before I read them.

    • Neicolec

      @ginidietrich This is how I’m using it now, too. I use my inbox and Feedly first. Then Triberr, as time permits. It’s an RSS feed/curation tool for me.

  • When I stopped letting the tool run me, I got more out of it. I open/read every post I can and only share those I’ve been able to read and enjoyed or think my audience will enjoy.
    Often, I get too busy with work and  life and the blog list gets backed up. In these cases, I just go back a day or so and anything I’ve missed before that I simply clear. I don’t feel bad if I can’t read everyone’s post but I won’t share them if I don’t read them first. That’s life. I don’t get to all the posts in my RSS feed either.

    • @samfiorella If I knew you were in here I wouldn’t have written that nice thing about you up a couple of comments :)Ever since I’ve learned HOW to use Triberr efficiently, I stopped checking my RSS feed altogether.

  • LauriRottmayer

    Thanks, this is interesting. I used to be involved in Triberr when the posts went automatically. I never really learned how to use it so since then, I just haven’t used it at all. I like to try all of the new things I find and, too, find it can be overwhelming. I would like to understand Triberr but I haven’t figured out how to yet. 🙂

    • @LauriRottmayer My advice would be to form your own small Tribe with bloggers you know have good stuff, and see how it works. It is WAY better now.

      • LauriRottmayer

        @AmyMccTobin Thanks for the advice! I’ll give it another look. 🙂

  • I admit I don’t read everything I share, but I only try to share those with value. I skip a lot of the free deals/giveaway posts. The thing that keeps me sharing at the volume I do on Twitter is because I hear from people that what I share IS valuable. While a blogger 101 post might not mean much to me my social media inner circle, it might be very valuable to those who are just getting involved. I really try to discern what’s valuable and what is worth sharing, but with Triberr it’s difficult not to have the firehose approach. I agree with what you say here, though, and wouldn’t want to join one of those “power sharing” groups because it would just stress me out!!

    • @jeanniecw I try, really really hard , to read every post I want to share. I have to admit that I give a pass sometimes to some really awesome writers because they are ALWAYS reliably good. Then I go back and read them anyway. People like @samfiorella , but I try not to tell him that I admire him at all.  🙂

  • I’m with you on this one. I really want to like it, but still not sure. With the exception of tweets, I have yet to see a measurable increase of anything since I started using it. Of course, every time I try to sink my teeth into it, I miss the “AHA!” moment, leave for a few weeks and come back later. I use it more for my personal blog and have just joined a new tribe.. we’ll see how this one goes.

    • @KristenDaukas Kristen, I actually realized I COULDN’T leave because I’d miss too many great posts from blogs I’d come to know through my Tribes.  I think that you need to a) stick with it for a few weeks and only share what you really deem worthy, and b) analyze the Tribes you’re in.  I’m in one really awesome Tribe where almost every post is shareworthy times 10.

  • AmyMccTobin

    @MargieClayman @ginidietrich @SpinSucks Why thank you Ms Margie. Struggled with that one.

    • MargieClayman

      @amymcctobin I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Triberr since it started. I feel your pain.

      • AmyMccTobin

        @MargieClayman Well, your awesome little Tribe is painless.

  • I love, love, love that you use Triberr as a curation tool, Amy, because that’s how I use it too. I think you’ll find the new interface takes that a step further, and makes it easier to find, read and share great content. 
    If you haven’t checked out the new UI, you can see the walk through we did on it today:

    • @DanCristo Well, when I briefly contemplated not using it anymore, I realize I would miss so many great posts  – I check it every morning and I know the good ones will be in there.

  • Hi, my name is Bill Dorman and I’m a Triberr abuser. 
    Why? Because I’m lazy and it’s a very easy platform to use just by showing up.
    Have I been burned? Absolutely. First by putting a witty comment to a share a post that was very inappropriate and secondly, putting a witty comment on a shared post that an ‘in real life’ friend read and it was very, very sexually explicit, and not in a good way. Lovely……..
    Did I learn my lesson? Nah, everybody loves Billy and they know I’m just a big goof; I mean no harm.
    I’m headed in your direction however; instead of just populating my stream with posts I don’t know the quality of I’m going to take the time to at least skim them before launching them.
    Not right away, but soon…………trust me, I’m a doctor…….
    Now about that drink? The Sand Bar is waiting………..

    • @bdorman264 Ha!   THAT is exactly what we should all be worried about. Honestly,  I was feeling like a heel IF I didn’t share some posts from people who alwasy shared mine, or, concerned about my image if I DID.. because they don’t fit with my ‘personal brand.’  And then, and I SO hate to give him credit for this, I asked myself: “What would @dannybrown do,”  (because, shhhhh… he IS Mr. Integrity), and I realized he wasn’t even ON Triberr.So I started to think about why I wasn’t feeling right about it, and as much as I’d like to blame the tool, it was me….

      • @AmyMccTobin  @bdorman264 Why, @dannybrown isn’t on Triberr? Am I reading that right?

        • @DanCristo  @bdorman264  @dannybrown No he isn’t, and he probably won’t like me outing him 🙂   We’ll drag him in to a tiny tiny Tribe someday, I promise 🙂

        • @AmyMccTobin  @bdorman264 actually @dannybrown is a Triberr og. He was one of the early adopters.

  • I have only peeked inside Triberr at this point. But your post and these comments are really helping me think about how it might be used and what boundaries to set before jumping in. Thanks, @AmyMccTobin — and everyone — for sharing your experiences and strategies.

  • Without focusing on Triberr (which is a tool that I’ve used for some time now), let’s explore an alternate line of reasoning for a bit: I’d argue that there is, at some level, a correlation between a reader’s familiarity with a blogger’s content quality and perspectives and an increased likelihood to read less closely. Hear me out: 
    I’ve experienced this first hand: within moments of a post going live, I start seeing RTs. Unless those sharing my content are speedreaders, there’s something else going on: they’re sharing to either attract some response or nod from me that I’ve noticed or the physical act of sharing means that I’ve been properly vetted. I’ve occasionally shared posts that I’ve not read closely because the writer has demonstrated a consistently high level of quality. I don’t feel guilty about doing so because I trust who they are and how they write, though I still prefer to read closely before sharing. 
    Chew on THAT. 😀

    • @jasonkonopinski First let me tell you: I took a speed reading course in 8th grade, so don’t blame me :)Yes, there are some bloggers so incredibly reliable for great content that I will share without reading in detail, but I always go back to it.  I won’t do that unless I really, really trust their content.. and still I try not to.

  • Hi Amy, 
    Thnx for a thoughtful write up of our little platform 🙂 
    We are listening and making Triberr better for bloggers. So these are the kinds of posts I LOVE reading and listening to everyone’s feedback. 
    Since Triberr came out of my head, it was designed in the way that it didnt anticipate people tribing up to increase their reach. I imagined people tribing up for quality first, and reach being a desirable side effect. 
    I also didnt anticipate having people feel bad for not sharing, so much so that some folks feel pressured to share. Thats just weird to me. No one can tell me what I can share, so I imagined no one can tell anyone what to share. My body, my choice. (ummmm…or my social media presence, my choice 🙂 
    Founder of Triberr

    • belllindsay

      @dino_dogan I don’t use Triberr and was enjoying reading the comments and getting a bird’e eye view of the platform, when your comment popped up Dino. I laughed at your “my body, my choice” comment – but it’s absolutely correct. Funny how social media can really guilt people into things. I’ve experienced it firsthand myself, and then thought “wha…how did that happen??

    • @dino_dogan Yes, the ‘feeling badly about not sharing’ was something that I know Gini doesn’t do, and she MAY have used the ‘big girl pants’ line on me about that complaint:)  But hey, there are  a lot of ‘nice’ people in social media… so it sort of goes with the territory.  But when it comes to protecting your own integrity and brand, you have to vet the posts.Glad you read. And glad you answer all of my annoying tweets when something isn’t working, or, when it’s just me 🙂

    • @dinodogan I think that pressure is self-induced. I’m only now getting over it.

      • belllindsay

        @barrettrossie  @dinodogan Definitely. Cause we’re all “nice” people. Well, most of us. 😉

  • AmyMccTobin

    @LouHoffman @ginidietrich @Triberr Thx for the share… I’ve given up on the reciprocity end of things.

    • Triberr

      @AmyMccTobin @LouHoffman @ginidietrich We love the post, because we want people to use Triberr as a content discovery tool.

      • AmyMccTobin

        @Triberr @LouHoffman @ginidietrich Well whew!!! Because we do love Triberr, both of us, and YES, we discussed it at length before I wrote.

      • AmyMccTobin

        @Triberr @LouHoffman @ginidietrich Read the comments – it’s replaced the RSS feed for me, and a few others. I’m sure that’s not unusual.

        • Triberr

          @AmyMccTobin @LouHoffman @ginidietrich funny you say that. One of our primary goals is to completely replace RSS. I kid you not @dinodogan

        • AmyMccTobin

          @Triberr @LouHoffman @ginidietrich @dinodogan uhhh… I think that means I’m brilliant, which you already know of course 🙂

        • dinodogan

          @Triberr @AmyMccTobin @LouHoffman @ginidietrich as bloggers, we dont have a choice BUT to replace RSS since google is killing feedburner

        • Triberr

          @AmyMccTobin @LouHoffman @ginidietrich @dinodogan pretty much 🙂 The new UI is totally about content discover. Especially following tribes

  • I forgot to mention.
    A HUGE, GIANT, SPECIAL thanks for publishing this post on Gini’s blog. 
    Every time Triberr or I get a mention on SpinSucks, my cool-quotient goes way up with my girlfriend’s eyes. So, a BIG thank you for making my gf like me more. 🙂

  • Lara Wellman

    I tried Triberr a long time ago and stopped using it fairly quickly. I *think* it was automatically sharing everything in my tribe instead of it being a choice…
    This has definitely got me thinking I need to go back and explore it again! Thanks!

    • @Lara Wellman You should Lara – it’s not autoshare anymore – you actually have to think and read 🙂  And if you’re in an awesome tribe it makes life a lot easier.

  • We signed up for Triberr awhile ago but just hooked up our RSS feed about a month ago, and can’t get enough of it.
    I think part of the reason it is manageable for us is because we are only members of a few tribes and each of them seems to align perfectly with the industries we focus on, so it’s a win-win: we are constantly finding great content to share and building relationships, while also receiving an uptick in visitors to our site. 
    This post does serve as a good word to the wise, however, and we’ll be careful that we don’t inundate ourselves by getting too Tribe happy 🙂 I can see how it can get overwhelming quickly, and Amy’s outline will help guide us in the right direction as we carve out more time on the site.
    Thank you for the tips, Amy!

  • You’ve really done a great job in this post expressing some of the love/hate frustrations and hesitations I’ve had with Triberr.  It stirs up fairly complex emotions… but probably because it’s such a powerful tool. @dinodogan  — I’ve had to practice skimming and skipping. It’s a bit liberating when you realize you can be a good tribemate and still not RT every post from every member.

    • @barrettrossie  @dinodogan Well HELLO Barrett… I guess it blew my doors off at how EMOTIONAL people are about Triberr.  @dinodogan that can ONLY be  a good thing – people really care about the thing that you  built.  I’m actually kind of blown away. Triberr was always a personal thing for me; now I know it’s a personal thing for so many of us.

      • @AmyMccTobin  @barrettrossie OMG, you are so right, Amy. Triberr is WAY emotional for so many people. But I think it’s because of the trust model we use, which is different (and much deeper) than any other social network.
        I say it’s a good thing even if sometimes sucks 🙂

  • I got onto Triberr fairly quickly, but even though I saw a lot of potential in it, getting into a good tribe was so difficult with all the limitations they they had in place in the beginning. Had I shared content from the tribes I landed in by joining early, my followers would have called me out for spamming (and they did until I turned off the autosharing). 
    But even with autosharing not being a part of the tool anymore, the downside is the abusers. I heard of so many people muting any tweet that had a triberr link in it. I have unfollowed so many people who spit out a stream of triberr shares all at once. It’s frustrating because I have seen the potential of this tool being really good from day one. It ruins it for everyone when some people don’t use it well.
    It’s unfortunate that the tool has to change because users don’t use best practices when sharing. I’m having a look again since they’re relaunching, but I’m definitely going to be skeptical and super cautious this time around.

    • @Karen_C_Wilson Im very happy you’re giving it another go, Karen 🙂 
      Reach out to me if you encounter any issues. @dinodogan

      • @dinodogan Thanks, Dino. I’ll do that. 
        The site looks really nice, btw!

    • @Karen_C_Wilson Karen, it is really easy to use the approval system and space out your tweets.  I’d unfollow anyone who spews any tweets out like that, not just from Triberr. Why don’t you create your own small Tribe and try it out when you have total control?   I’ll be interested in your results…

  • HowieG

    I was just discussing this with @dannybrown @shonali @ginidietrich . It started with danperezfilms asking on Facebook about Triberr. That it has ruined his twitter experience. I have a list of about 200-250 accounts i focus on for Twitter. So many use triberr sometimes half my feed is filled with Triberr. So I kind of feel like Dan.
    So now I only click and reshare non-triberr tweets. i actually wish i could filter my feed.
    That said I am unique. I have a high level of peers using it. Most readers of Spin Sucks probably don’t and that is where Triberr helps amplify readership.
    Thank you for your honesty @AmyMccTobin

    • @HowieG  @shonali  @ginidietrich  danperezfilms  @AmyMccTobin Thats an interesting stance Dan has taken. But then again, Dan is a contrarian by nature, and I love him for it. But let’s examine that complaint for a moment. 
      “Triberr has ruined my Twitter experience” presupposes two fallacies. 
      The first presupposition is that Triberr controls your level of engagement on Twitter. Which is total BS.
      Triberr makes it easy to share things you would share even if there was no Triberr. Which in fact gives you MORE time to engage. 
      The second presupposition is that Twitter is somehow holly and infallible and shouldn’t be tampered with. And I totally disagree with that. 
      Twitter and Facebook have stolen the conversation away from blogs, and we are stealing it back. That is Triberr’s mission.
      We want to turn blogs into one giant social organism, and if we ruin Twitter and Facebook in the process, I am perfectly ok with that 🙂
      BAM! 🙂

      • HowieG

        @dinodogan  @shonali  @ginidietrich  danperezfilms  @AmyMccTobin Dino I will not deny Triberr has been a boon for Bloggers. But I don’t like automation from people. Businesses I expect it. Social Media is a revolution in interpersonal communication technologies (I have to trade mark that saying) people to people not people to businesses or people to machines. Just my thoughts. My feed is filled with about 8000 tweets a day. Good luck having me see anything anyway lol But triberr 1] increases that volume and 2] i used to look at how many tweets someone has tweeted to gauge activity. Technically people can have tens of thousands of tweets and never be on twitter using triberr (or other)

        • @HowieG  @dinodogan  @shonali  @ginidietrich  danperezfilms Howie, you CAN control your Twitter feed by using LISTS…. build them out and you can ‘hear’ who you want.I don’t buy that Triberr damages your feed anymore than any other scheduling/sharing program.  How many people do you follow?  There’s no way you can hear all of them unless you follow very, very few.I love my Tribes now that I have them under control and have (almost) erased the guilt of not sharing everything in there.  Before I broke up with Triberr I realized it was me, not him. 🙂

        • HowieG

          @AmyMccTobin  I do use Lists. It is my main list that is flooded! LOL There are people I used to chat with regularly because I saw them on Twitter posting live who now are mostly Triberr shares. Smart people use Triberr and I know a lot of smart people LOL

        • @HowieG I’m becoming much smarter about using lists too, as @AmyMccTobin said. I just don’t go to ALL of the lists I have, b/c some are to make life easier for other people. You know what I did recently? I switched up the location of my home feed (everyone I follow) with one of my favorite lists – basically those I think are saying smart stuff on PR & social – in my Hootsuite dashboard. So now I see it first thing when I log in; otherwise I tend only to reply to people who @ me.

        • @HowieG  @dinodogan I know I have a blog post (at least one) here! Dino – I’m looking forward to meeting you next week. You know what a fan I’ve been of Triberr. But frankly, I have a lot of the same issues that @AmyMccTobin and Howie have. Triberr DOES make it easy to share but there is definitely an element of guilt as well. I’ve actually said “no” to several tribes because as it is, I barely have time to go through my tribal stream once a day (on weekdays, I may have to work on weekends but I’m not going to do Triberr on weekends), read & review posts & then share the ones I like. So while I am very grateful that you came up with it, a) the automation does still turn some people off and b) the curation isn’t all that easy. If I had one perfect tribe of only the people I read & adore, then that would be easy. I can count on the fingers of one hand the people whose posts I *might* share sight unseen in Triberr – everyone else, I have to wade through. And that takes time.

        • @Shonali  @HowieG  @AmyMccTobin Shanali, why not build your own tribe wit ONLY the people you like. BAM! 🙂
          Tribes are just organizational units. And the best way to control them is to make your own.  🙂
          And yes, cant wait to meet you next week 🙂

        • @dinodogan I have! But first there was the whole inbreeding thing, so not everyone could join. Besides, just because it’s all the people I would normally read/share anyway, doesn’t mean that holds true for everyone else in the tribe. Then there’s the reciprocity element; if someone joins my tribe, I feel obligated to join theirs.
          Etc. etc.
          See you Monday! @HowieG  @AmyMccTobin

        • @Shonali  @HowieG Now THAT is smart Shonali!  I should do the same.

  • I have found a nice balance with my current tribes. Most of the writers are people that I enjoy reading every day. I also dropped out of two of them just because I didn’t like most of the posts that were being shared. I realized that while it is great to have a huge reach, it is not the most important part of the Triberr experience. The most important thing is building relationships with the writers you really like.

    • @susansilver Amen to that. Preach it!

  • AmyMccTobin

    @howiegoldfarb @SpinSucks @ginidietrich Thanks Howie… I replied to you in the comments.

  • Funny enough, I found this article because I was reading Triberr.  I may have missed the part about sharing everyone else’s content. I’ve used Triberr as a curation tool, read the content of the sites, and then share from there. I like that approach, and am not offended if others aren’t sharing my content. Keep it genuine for our networks.

  • Triberr

    @neicolec waves (hi). How’s it going, Nicole? ^Dan

    • neicolec

      @Triberr I’m doing good. How are you? Triberr seems to be doing well!

      • Triberr

        @neicolec we’re getting there. Still a long way to go. Kind of like toddler who can take a few steps. “Ah, the potential!”

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  • Wow, @AmyMccTobin you’ve done a nice job of identifying some of the feelings I’ve also had about Triberr. I’ve used it a lot and enjoyed it, and through it have found my way to new blogs and new people. But the guilt. Oy. I have felt for some time that I was letting my fellow tribemates down by not sharing their posts. The answer? Not sure. Probably pulling back and dropping out of some of the groups I’m in, or in creating a new, smaller group. This question of automation, and its place in social, continues to plague us…sigh…

    • @allenmireles Apparently I’ve touched a nerve that lots of people were struggling with… Now @ginidietrich never deals with the guilt at all – if it’s not relevant she doesn’t share and that’s THAT.  We all need to be more business minded about that and just ditch the guilt.

      • @AmyMccTobin  @allenmireles Yes! You have to stop feeling guilty about it. I try really hard to share really good content when it crosses my path, but some weeks it’s just not possible. And that’s okay.

        • @ginidietrich  @allenmireles Not to talk about taboo subjects, but I’m guessing you were not raised Catholic Gini:)   Guilt is everywhere for us, no matter how rational we are:)  At least that’s my excuse.  My Jewish friends often say the same thing.

        • @AmyMccTobin  @allenmireles Please. I was raised Mormon. The religion where you’re not allowed to smoke, drink, have caffeine, no premarital sex, no makeup or dating until after you turn 16, no working or playing outside on Sundays. Talk about guilt. If you see someone smoking in Utah, you automatically think they’re a sinner.

        • @AmyMccTobin  @ginidietrich  @allenmireles 
          I WAS raised a Catholic girl, and can tell you that you can totally get over the guild ;-p

        • @dinodogan  @ginidietrich  @allenmireles Ha Ha Ha Dino.  Wow Gini… you’re even more fascinating to me now. I have a very close friend who is Mormon and YEAH, I get it.The reality is that I see lots of women struggle with guilt and it’s totally irrational.  I try, really hard, to ignore it.

        • @dinodogan That explains it! @AmyMccTobin

        • @AmyMccTobin I think it’s because we’re supposed to “do it all.” And when we can’t – because it’s humanly impossible – we feel guilty about it.

  • rdopping

    Not much to add other than with a sensible approach Triberr for me has been a great way to belong to a group where I can up my game and share/learn from some great folks.
    It’s all those good things for me; curation tool, feed for great content, community building tool and a learning platform. I started treating it that way a few moths back and it changed my perspective completely.
    Cheers Amy. Great thoughts on Triberr

  • AmyMccTobin

    @ryanleecox And what does Ryan think about Triberr?

    • ryanleecox

      @AmyMccTobin Ryan has never been invited to a tribe, couldn’t build out his tribe (tried for 5 months) and gave up on Triberr. lol

      • AmyMccTobin

        @ryanleecox does Ryan blog his rear off with great content??? THAT’s the way to get into a great tribe.

        • ryanleecox

          @AmyMccTobin yes. He does.

    • ryanleecox

      @AmyMccTobin I don’t have anything bad to say.

  • Since starting out with Triberr last year for other accounts I manage, I’ve always seen it as the pipes through which content flows… the person behind the Twitter account is the one judged on what they choose to share. Auto-approval is generally a bad idea unless it’s a really tight knit, small tribe of writers whom you always read without fail. Since that number is tiny for many of us, the same manual quality check should be done on the vast majority of content we share, to my mind. I am now actively unfollowing some folks who only seem to auto-tweet, but that again is the individual’s decision, not Triberr’s MO.  Nice work on getting a clearly evocative topic down in type and communicated even-handedly, @AmyMccTobin .

    • @Steve Birkett Why thank you Steve. It took a while for me to distill it. First, talked to Gini about it twice, and Lindsey, and then sat on it, and then, the week before launch, RE WROTE the whole thing.  It was a lot of contemplation over the tool and my behavior with it.

      • @AmyMccTobin The best posts often come about that way… as long as we don’t abandon them in all that hardship 🙂

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