Is Triberr Fostering Unintended Spam?


My friend Dan Perez started a discussion recently to discuss Triberr. He felt so many tweets from his network were automated via Triberr that his experience on Twitter has diminished so he spends less time there.

Triberr has a good intended idea. Join a Tribe of bloggers whom you trust their content and you auto post on twitter links to their posts. But what if a lot of people you follow are doing this? What if the majority of their tweets are automated vs genuine?

So I started looking in my streams to see how much was coming from Triberr? Some people I found near and dear to me for who they are, their brains, their personalities seemed to have a majority of their tweets coming from Triberr with blog links. I start thinking of them as Twitter-Bots vs people.

I only have time to read a certain number of blogs. Much of my Twitter time is spent talking with people, though  do share a reasonable amount. and I thought of what Dan said. And I thought ‘If you read something and actively share it with me, it has immensely more value that something coming automated via Triberr and your Tribe’.

I feel social needs to be social. This is why it can’t be scaled properly. For a major brand to handle a million customer tweets in a day I have estimated they would need 5,000 to 10,000 tweeters on the payroll to respond authentically and genuinely. Imagine what will happen to Twitter if it is mostly automated? I think it will fade away when that happens.

While I am not here to attack Triberr I do feel it is used by too many people in my network and would actually love a filter to remove these tweets from my feeds. Anyone know of such a filter?



About chiefalien

Howie Goldfarb with 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience founded Blue Star Strategic Marketing in central Vermont to serve as the objective and strategic adviser of brands to help them grow and thrive. His Degree in Finance and 14 years of B2B sales to Fortune 500 companies gives him a CFO’s view of marketing. Thus bringing a dose of reality to the confusing world of jargon, spin, and hype. Also playfully known as the Chief Alien of Blue Star Strategic, Howie relishes his role as an industry outsider. A native New Yorker and former Angelino, he currently lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont and is still seeking his first moose sighting. His passions are living life, art, music, the outdoors, he tries to cook and loves the Vermont Fresh Network – local sustainability initiatives like farm to table and buying local.
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One Response to Is Triberr Fostering Unintended Spam?

  1. Dino Dogan says:

    As someone who LOVES twitter, and dont understand this desire to hold Twitter as some secret place where nothing is allowed to change. We (Triberr) have found a way to extend a reach and grab more audience for bloggers, and bring that audience to the blog, which is where blogger want to have the conversation in the first place.

    So, for that, I do not apologize. Having said that, Triberr is just a tool. You can control what goes out, how often, and you can certainly control the degree of your engagement on Twitter.

    Ultimately, -and I’ve been very vocal about this- Twitter and Facebook have ruined the blogosphere by shifting the convo to their own platforms and away from blogs. Triberr is reclaiming that in a big way and we are very happy about that 🙂

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