I’ve Reconsidered. I’ve changed my mind. I’m back in Triberr.
The Break Up Post
You may recall that I wrote a blog post a couple of months back about why I was breaking up with Triberr. I had been a member of one of its larger (if not the largest) tribes and realized that it was not for me. I won’t rehash the reasons here (that’s what that hyperlink is for!) So, like any good blogger, I put it out on the table for all to read, and comment, and react to. Here I go again…
At that time, it was my most popular post, with the most comments, engagements and pingbacks. I’m still getting pings on that one. I think it was also pivotal in a thorough evaluation of my motivations for Twitter, my blog and social media engagement in general. I determined that above all, I want to be authentic. I also want to actively engage with colleagues and potential clients who might need my services. My blog, in conjunction with Twitter, has been a fantastic tool for that. I’d like to offer several reasons on why I think Triberr may also be useful for that goal, all while supporting my basic tenet of authenticity. That’s why it’s important to me that I openly share my move back to Triberr so that there’s no question about my motivations and reasons why.
These are the reasons why I’ve reconsidered Triberr and why I think you should too.
- Manual Mode – Dan and Dino listened to one of my biggest concerns and it was the automated tweeting. It wasn’t just me who said it; there were others. The point is that they listened and now have a manual mode. I use it. I can read the blog posts that are in the ‘queue’ and determine if and when I want to share them. I like that. They also made my RT modifiable! That means I can add my own little quip to really indicate that I read it! LOVE that!
- Small, trusted network with larger potential for engagement – I was invited to join a small tribe Sunday night by my friend Justin Brackett. I know and trust Justin. Do I read everything Justin writes? Most of the time, but not always. I will now. And I’ll bet he’ll read mine. I’ll also read the posts from the other two folks in our tribe. We can have a max of 7 people, and Justin is in charge. I like that. I know. I could have done that before and found my own little tribe, but with the auto mode still on, it wouldn’t have worked. The timing is right for me to do it now.
- Keeps me tuned in when I can’t always be ON! – Sometimes life happens and I miss things. I miss posts from people. I don’t get tweets out into the world. Triberr doesn’t replace this; it enhances it. I am handed blog posts on a regular basis, to read, review, comment and then RT. Through my tribe, I can also find new blogs from their comment group and continue to grow my own network. My tribe members can do the same with me and my blog posts and commenting community.
- Super-responsive team – Dino and Dan epitomize responsiveness. Adding the Manual mode is just one obvious example. Another is the ability to add a comment or intro to the tweet. I remember seeing that request in a tweet to them – in a tweet! We can do it now. That’s awesome. Whether it’s responding to a direct comment made via a Tweet or a comment on a blog post (see Neicole Crepeau’s guest post on Danny Brown’s blog) Dino and Dan are present, civil, courteous and responsive.
- Measured Innovation – I like the next new shiny just as much as the next person. I don’t always jump on it. I usually hang back, watch and wait, evaluate and then move forward if I think it’s a fit. Look at my Twitter and blogging experience: I sat on them both for over 6 months before really doing anything with it. I like to make sure I can measure my progress and that it is a fit for me and my goals – personally and professionally. Dan and Dino are working on measurable results and constantly thinking up innovative ways to improve the experience and the results. That’s important. I know they have a questioning mentality and an approach that looks out for not just themselves, but their participants, their tribes and their community.
Had I not ventured into Triberr initially, I am convinced that I would not have been able to make an informed decision now…from both an inside perspective and as an ‘outsider’. Make no mistake, this is a thoughtful decision based on an evaluation of what is important to me, my business, and my blog. It’s also based on research into the changes Triberr has made and my evaluation of their progress along the way. I know this post will likely infuriate many of you out there. I may even be called fickle. I prefer discerning and flexible.
We are all capable of reflection and reconsideration, especially when it’s for the right reasons. I think I’ve found the right reasons to change my mind on this one. For the folks out there still contemplating Triberr, I would encourage you to do the same.
And as always, I encourage discussion! Chime in. Let me know what issues you’ve reconsidered lately. Why? Are you glad you did?