Somebody sent me an invitation to Triberr.
“Really? You want ME to join YOUR tribe?”
I was of one of those uncool kids who never got invited to anything, so when I see the word invitation the nerdy adolescent girl inside me perks up.
“Hmmm…let’s see…friends automatically re-tweet your blog posts…you automatically re-tweet your friends’ blog posts…amplify your message…increase your traffic…blah, blah, blah… It sounds interesting. I’ll try anything once.” If only they’d known that about me back in high school. I might have been more popular.
So I signed up. At first Triberr was OK. There were only five or six people in the tribe, and my account was automatically tweeting three or four links a day. Then the tribe grew, and it exploded.
Suddenly my account was tweeting 25, 45, 60 plus links from other people everyday. Some of them were people who’d joined the tribe after me that I didn’t know, who’s sites I’d never visited. Then I noticed tweets about stuff that had nothing to do with the audience I was trying to reach. Thanks to a friend I noticed tweets about subjects I’d never tweet about.
“Whoa! Let’s re-think this Triberr thing.”
My own posts were being tweeted by other members as much as 34 times a day. A quick check of my blog stats and referrers quickly reveled that virtually no one was clicking through though.
The truth is that many links automatically tweeted everyday from any account, whether via Triberr or a bot, are basically spam. People know the links come from Triberr. They know you have no idea what you’re tweeting. They’re not going to click, and they will get annoyed. It will make you more unpopular than I was back when I was a drama geek.
I deleted my account when I realized how out-of-control Triberr was, and honestly I felt guilty for subjecting my followers to that.
Social media is supposed to be, well, social. Tweeting stuff you know nothing about isn’t social.
Reading a great article, and sharing the link with your followers because you think it will benefit them too — well — I don’t know if it will make you popular, but it will at least make you likeable.