Via Triberr? No Thanks.
If you needed another reason to dislike people who can’t take criticism, I’ve got one for you. We hear a lot about authors who behave badly to reviews of their work. Natch, we aren’t the only group.
For those who don’t know, according to Google, Triberr “is a website for bloggers interested in increasing their reach.” Per the web site, its mission is “to empower groups of bloggers to effectively generate traffic, exchange content, and build engagement around their blog.”
Some more background. Please bear with me for a minute. I promise there’s a reason I’m explaining all of this.
How it works? According to Amberr Meadows, “Triberr is an online blogging and social media platform in which you join together with groups of other bloggers sharing similar interests. All of you agree to share each others’ tweets and syndicate your content to your combined number of followers. My current reach is 2,000,000 Twitter followers.”
What have I seen as a result of this Twitter app? On any given day, I’m subjected to literally hundreds of tweets via Triberr linking to blogs. The thing about Twitter though is that authors seem to come in groups. So if ten authors are making up a Triberr tribe, and all ten authors tweet about the same post, my tweet stream is filled with the same message. What happens when people forget that Twitter is all about social networking i.e., interaction, and do nothing but post Triberr tweets?… It’s pretty frustrating.
Fortunately, Tweetdeck allows you the ability to block apps like Triberr. Thank God. (To do it, go to Settings, Global Filter, From Sources, and type in “Triberr”)
Yesterday, I explained to a (thankful) author these same instructions. It was another reminder to me that a lot of people dislike the app, as the instructions have been retweeted by many people. So… I sent out a message encouraging people to rethink their Triberr usage. (Use the app or don’t use it. I’m blocking it, so honestly, it no longer affects me and you’re wasting your time trying to snag me.)
Nowhere did I ask for a commentary from Triberr developers on its app. Didn’t ask them to join the conversation. No invite whatsoever. But, one of their developers decided to chime in. Meet Dino Dogan.
I’ll sum up my conversation with him after each screen cap. @jeffekennedy asked me a question and this is how I responded.
Unprovoked and right afterward, Dino chimed in. (Please note that our names at the end of the tweet. This’ll be important later.)
Seems pretty self-explanatory. I’m not harshing on Dino. Just his app.
Most folks don’t look at their twitter feed for an extended period of time? Then who are all these Triberr tweets supposed to be reaching? And how?
Whoa. Back the train up there for a second. He’s telling me that I shouldn’t be reading all of those Triberr tweets now. He apparently knows what’s best for an author and how to promo, build a brand, etc.
Because he’s an author too. Hmm…
Yes, well… since we’re giving out unwarranted, unsubstantiated advice, I thought I’d chime in too.
Huh? WTF… oh wait. Remember how I asked you to notice that he put my name at the end of his tweets? Well, listen up for those you don’t realize. By doing this, Dino is sending this tweet to all of his followers. If they’re not following me, they won’t be seeing when I respond to Dino because I use his name at the front of each tweet. As a result, to his followers, it looks like I’ve apologized to him. Niiiiice.
I did block him as promised, but sent out one final tweet to my followers about our conversation.
I didn’t see his response (since he’s blocked) until I’d decided to go back and screen cap the conversation. This ladies and gentleman, is the person representing Triberr. One who admits he’s not a professional.
Thing is, I’d already gathered that.