So here I am doing my usual social media thing when I get mentioned on OsakaBentures.com via Disqus.
Before I go off on a tangent, I want to be clear. I dig Saul and I appreciate that he sticks by his ideals and principles. I just can’t agree with his views on Triberr, even if it’s the popular opinion (and I may get some tomatoes thrown at me), because it’s that sort of stuff that has made people hesitant or disdainful towards Triberr, IMHO.
Now allow me to rant about why I feel Triberr ROCKS but most people just “don’t get it”…
As I do my usual SEO schtick, I find tons of mis-representative content about Triberr. Just Google “Triberr” – it’s rather overwhelming! I’ll quote Nicole Crepeau’s Triberr article from Coherent Social Media:
In fact, there are things I love about Triberr:
I love the goal for which it was established: to give more exposure to smaller bloggers.
I love that being in Tribes can help keep your blog in front of your network and keep their’s in front of you.
I really like the new headline testing feature.
I like the way Triberr’s founders, Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo are ever present and responsive, and generally keep the discussion positive and professional–even when things have gotten a bit rough.
I like the fact that it’s working for people and increasing traffic to their blogs.
I like Dino’s thoughts about a union for bloggers, to enable bloggers to make a living at blogging.
There’s only one thing, actually, that I don’t like about Triberr:
I don’t like the auto-tweeting.
I quote this not due to laziness but because I believe there’s no point in regurgitating what’s already out there on the blogosphere, especially when the aforementioned seems to be the consensus. The automagical part is something folks either love or hate. We get that.
The problem with Triberr is not Triberr.. It’s YOU (shame on you!). Okay, maybe not *you* specifically, but people that don’t use it in an ethical manner or at least manage expectations properly.
What we have here is an issue with semantics, framing, positioning, or whatever you want to call it.
I don’t get excited about the reach multiplier aspect. I do SEO and I’ve seen how pure traffic is worthless unless you are engaging and have some decent concept about inbound marketing, authenticity, and conversions thereof. You need to build trust, help others, and show you care before others do the same in return.
Now, what DOES excite me is what Dino Dogan has often told me in private and in public:
Triberr is the great equalizer.
Yes, I know, we have some a-listers in Triberr and they’re mostly good people. Truth be told, I’d say 60-80% of the current users on Triberr would likely not be on there if there were not these sorts of social media and online marketing rockstars. Some folks just want their link juice, so to speak. In spite of those folks that draw in the fanboys, suits, and bean counters, I still believe in this vision: giving smaller bloggers and thought leaders a chance to find their own captive audience.