Welcome to Techie Tuesday here at More Cowbell! This is the day each week when I unleash my inner geek and we talk about some groovy piece of technology or a technical point of writing.
A few weeks ago, we talked about my new Time-Saving Social Media BFF, Triberr and I explained why I love it. Last Techie Tuesday, I explained how to get set up once you’re in Triberr.
PRIZE ALERT: If you read the last two posts, you know I’m giving away spots in a new More Cowbell tribe specifically from the comments in these Triberr blogs. PLUS, I will give the winners a Triberr tutorial via GoToMeeting where we all talk on the phone and do a quick online session about how Triberr works.
Here’s how to enter this contest:
- Comment or link back to any of my Triber posts
- I will add your name to the Magic Hat of Triberr Love
- I will draw 3 names each time I put up a Triberr post, announcing the winners for the week.
Easy-peasy! I have rescinded the caveat that you must be new to Triberr to be added to the More Cowbell tribe – I’ve unlocked inbreeding and can now take existing Triberr members. I still cross my fingers that you’re new to the app, so I don’t have to pay “bones” (Triberr currency) for you, but this is a contest. Gotta have a worthy prize!!
News: As of last week, Triberr is now open to all with no invite needed. Any of you that don’t end up in my tribe can still go find and form your own tribes. There are MANY nifty enhancements coming down the Triberr pike right now, especially for WordPress bloggers.
Last week’s winners were: Nicole Basaraba, Sheila Seabrook and Raelyn Barclay.
This week’s winners are: Jessica O’Neal, Marcy Kennedy and Fabio Bueno.
If you’re in Triberr already, you’ve probably done some of the following:
- You’ve read my earlier Triberr posts (links at top of this blog)
- You’ve added your RSS Feed so others can share your posts
- You might even have poked around and shared a few posts yourself
You might still be feeling lost and unfulfilled in your shiny Triberr dreams. Maybe it seems like this Triberr thing might be a bunch of hooplah over nothing.
Where are the hits?
Where is the glory??
Where is the FUN???
[Say what?? Is Jenny smokin’ some tribal grass? Dancing to a freaky Cowbell Beat??]
This week we are going to bring the zing back to your relationship with Triberr! You’re going to learn how to effectively Rock Your Tribal Stream.
Here’s a quick recap of your three main Triberr “feed streams”:
- Tribal Stream – This is all your Tribesmates’ posts (which they hope you’ll pimp).
- Sent Stream – You see which tweets you’ve sent out and how many hits they garnered for your Tribemates. You can also “replay” posts from here to tweet them again. (This costs you “bones.”)
- My Posts – These are all of YOUR posts that your Tribies have shared and you can see how many hits they’ve gotten you.
Just like Kristen Lamb’s WANA Revolution, Triberr is about bloggers banding together and sharing in each other’s audience. Triberr allows your tribe members to send your post to THEIR NETWORK via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon and Google+.
Here’s what a post looks like in your Tribal Stream when it comes in:
The basics of the the post window above:
- If I want to check out Lydia’s Triberr profile, I click on her name at the top.
- If I want to read her post, I click on the title, in this case “Fresh Baked Books.”
- If I do nothing but hit the Approve button on the right, the post will tweet as is.
But what if I want to do Triberr magic??
There are more nifty things in this post window if you know what you’re looking for:
- Click the thumbs up to let your tribemate know you think they’ve got a quality post.
- Load the social media button bar at the bottom to share to your social networks. In order below, you see Twitter (don’t tweet here, I’ll show you a faster way), Facebook, Google+, StumbleUpon and LinkedIn.
- Click the black screw looking button on the upper right corner of the person’s post box. It will open an edit box that looks like this (I used a post from a different tribe):
- When you’re finished with your edits (mine were all of the highlighted blue text above), you click the “Update” button and then “Approve” to schedule your tweet. (Remember the Content Settings from the last post? That’s where you set your tweeting interval.)
What else do you need to know?
Posts will automatically leave your Tribal Stream after they tweet
All you have to do is hit the approve button. I only use the share toolbar shown above when I share on networks OTHER THAN Twitter. It’s faster than manually doing every tweet.
Triberr is a teensy bit “punctuation-unfriendly.”
The Update window will refuse some of the characters you like to use in tweets like “<” or “>”. It will also take your apostrophes and dashes and turn them into wackiness like this “%2%04$”.
That’s not so cute…
You can fix the above by just retyping the quotes and dashes and elipses you see in someone’s post title while you update with hashtags, etc. It takes seconds but saves you the time of editing again.
I’ll send Myndi’s post out tomorrow at a better time than the middle of the night so she gets more traffic. (p.s. 8-11 am across any time zone is usually a great time.) It’s all ready and looks like this:
- I wouldn’t want someone to tweet all MY posts in the middle of the night when traffic is low, so why would I tweet their posts at that time?
- Unless you’re in a desperate hurry, take the time to add hashtags to as many posts as you can. This ensures higher traffic for your Tribesmates.
- Check Triberr 1-2 times a day to Approve your tweets for higher-traffic times.
- You don’t have to tweet every post – only those you want to. That being said, if you’re in my tribes, it’s because I want to promote you so I tweet most posts.
My Triberr Process
1. Open Triberr 1-2 times per day
2. Scroll down to see the Tribal Stream
3. Scan all posts to see if any are time-sensitive
4. Click the black screw I mentioned above to open the Update window and edit the titles
5. Click the “Approve” button in the order I’d like to tweet in (they don’t have to be in order)
6. Click any other share buttons I want to use (i.e. Facebook, G+, StumbleUpon)
7. At my designated reading times (usually at night), I click the post titles (you can do this from the Sent Stream too) and read whatever I missed that day.
I don’t know if this helps you, but that’s my process – I usually garner between 2-14 Twitter hits for each of my Tribesmates’ posts.
VERY COOL THING: Very soon, Triberr will get an update that allows you to COMMENT on your Tribesmates’ posts from inside Triberr!! I’ll also share the deets on their groovy invention – The Frictionless Guest Post. (WOOT-WOOT!)
To recap why I Heart Triberr:
TONS of social media, done in 10-20 minutes per day.
All the people whose posts you read and share in ONE screen. *Rapture!*
This is Triberr post #3 and I can stop here if y’all have reached the saturation point. Please let me know in the comments if you’d like more Triberr posts. If you’re still rarin’ to go, I have a few more posts in me covering topics like:
- How to set up your own tribes
- What some of the unusual words (like bonfires and inbreeding) mean.
- The Frictionless Guest Post
For those of you on Triberr, are you finding your way around more easily? Anyone need any help? Enquiring minds love to know these things here at More Cowbell!
Nearly there:) understandingwise – yes please a few more posts – like how if one doesn’t win a prize does one go about finding a tribe to join without ending in their cooking pot!! and when you say you pick your busy time if one is a different timezone like UK not PST should one be trying to do own time or time best suited to blogger – have great rouble with time when thinking of tweeting f/booking guest posts etc – anyway thanks again for greaqt post
Im sure Jenny will do a more thorough explanations, but in the meantime I wanted to throw my 2 cents regarding your questions.
You can meet blogging friends everywhere. Start convos on Twitter, Facebook, even Triberr (inside Bonfires). But I think the best way is to connect with other bloggers via comments. That is the life blood of any blog. I also love Skype.
Once you have a relationship with another blogger, you like them, trust them, and you think your audience will find their content useful, then you can take a step forward and tribe up.
Conversely, it is perfectly OK to use Discover feature on Triberr and enter keywords you’re interested in to find other bloggers who write about that topic and are already on Triberr. You can invite them into your tribe or they can invite you into theirs.
If you’re invited into theirs, I would advise checking out all the tribesmates (if possible) and make sure you’re comfortable sharing their stuff and what not.
Of course, I dindt follow any of this. I just kinda jumped in, experimented, made mistakes, and all that. I guess it depends on your comfort level and personality.
As for “downtime” I try not to have any. I’m in US and I actively pursue followers from Australia/India exactly because they’re up while we’re sleeping so if I tweet in the middle of the night, someone is still clicking on it.
Of course, Twitter is only one destination network. Shares on Facebook, G+ and StumbleUpon have a longer lifespan so it kinda doesnt matter when you send them.
hope that helps 🙂
Founder of Triberr
What Dino said!! I agree that if you have networks all over the world that time becomes irrelevent. I seem to have a greater following inside North America and the UK so I focus on 3 am to 9 pm in my local time zone (California) and this lets me accommodate people in those areas a bit more.
I just don’t know if I can handle another social thing! I can hardly handle what I got! Actually, I can’t! LOL. Maybe one day if I can get Twitter and FB under control!
Believe it or not, Triberr can help make sense of Twitter and even Facebook.
We’ve built it to meet blogger’s needs. And while Triberr is very social, it’s mission is to help you drive traffic and build community for your blog. You know…the little things 🙂
The reason I LIKE Triberr is that it allows me to manage my Twitter and Facebook a bit more effectively. I can browse each of those apps about once a day, but I still want to be supporting my pals. Being able to automate my support throughout the day and then do my reading at night and on the weekends has given me back tons of writing time. 🙂
Such good info! I was wondering why some posts were coming up funny. Does that mean we take out the apostophe altogether? Or can we re-type it in in Tribrr? Also, how do we schedule the tweets for a specific time? I do not know how to do that. Thanks for this series. I’m loving it!
The weird looking characters are entirely a coding issue. A small but annoying bug. We’ll work it out 🙂
Emma, I’ve learned to just retype it. It seems to take it really well and not funky things up. Triberr will not show anything that I type after a <> so I’ve learned to just use a tilde (~) instead.
Hey, I didn’t know about the black screw button. Perfect! I’ll definitely be using that. Thanks, Jenny! You’re a treasure.
Thanks, Julie! That little black button is the secret to Triberr heaven. 🙂
Fantastic post Jenny. You really outline the basics of how it works in easy-to-understand language. I can’t WAIT to be able to comment right from Triberr. O.M.G!!!
I know, right??!! That is going to be AWESOME!
Thank you, sir. May I have another?
Kerry, you may always have whatever you want. 🙂 You’re gonna be rockin’ the WANA Social Hour like nobody’s business. 🙂
Oh and P.S. I know it’d cost ya 15 bones to add me in More Cowbell…but I’d love to belong to your tribe! LOL!!! 🙂
You can have whatever you want, but I’ve got to buy some bones! 🙂
1) can they add Twiiter handles? I can’t remember most, unless they’re first and last name, and even then I don’t remember who has them. It sure would be nice if that was automatically added to the Twitter edit screen automatically.
2). Does everyone else have to hit everything twice to get it to respond? EVERYTHING I do has to be clicked twice. Maybe it’s just an iPad thing?
3) my list defaults to oldest first, and no matter what I do it defaults back to that. And when I read a blog and go back to the stream, it regenerates and goes back to oldest first. Any setting I can click so it defaults to newest first? Yes, I’ve tried the thing at the top but it’ll even show newest first as the default, but it is actually oldest first in the view.
Okay, I’m done bitching. I just really want this to work, but sometimes I feel like it is working against me. Even with all of that, it still saves a ton of time.
1. When someone sets their Twitter account up in Triberr, their handle is automatically added to the end of their posts – you don’t have to do a thing. I’ve found this very helpful for the same reason…I don’t always remember someone’s Twitter name.
2. I don’t have to click anything more than once. Hopefully Dino will weigh in on this.
3. I’ve never tried to default to anything else because I do a scan and hit the Approve button in the order I want things to go out, it doesn’t really matter where the post is in the list.
Clicking on things twice must be an iPad thing. Our site works with iPad accidentally, we didnt do anything to make it work, so I imagine there would be lots of weird little issues.
Making Triberr mobile friendly is def high on the list of priorities, so clicking twice shouldn’t be an issue for much longer 🙂
Wow, I’m diggin’ these tutorials, Jenny! Keep them coming!
As long as they help you rock Triberr, I’m a happy camper. 🙂
I wanna play on Triberr but I haven’t gotten an invite yet. 😦 Looks like there will be some time investment required to get set up…hopefully I can manage all social media.
You’re so funny, Nicole! There’s an invite waiting for you in your Messages area on Twitter. I sent it on Sunday. 🙂
Still following along…barely. But I haven’t…left…the…race…yet. Count me in!
You go, Lori, you go!! 🙂
Thank you so much for this! I didn’t realize you could edit to add hashtags. I belong to two small tribes, and until the past week, thought that by adding your RSS feed, everybody tweeted your links automatically. Yes, I’m techie stupid. But I’m getting the hang of it now. Thanks so much for this series, Jenny. It’s been a big help!
You’re not techie stupid!! Where is there an easy 1-2-3 inside your tribes? It’s not like some of this is obvious. Go forth and drink some more Triberr Kool-Aid. 🙂
What a fantastic resource you are, Jenny. Thanks bajillions! Do you recommend asking people before we invite them to a tribe whether they’re interested?
I think that’s a personal call, but it’s a nice thing to do because they’re not just auditioning you, they’re auditioning all your Tribemates.
I never thought I’d win something on the same mornings the Oscars list was announced! I feel just like Jonah Hill: I don’t think I did much to deserve it, and my fellow nominees (Jessica and Marcy) are much more awesome, but I’ll accept the nomination!
Should I expect an email invite? (and maybe a gift bag? 🙂 )
Keep the fun and helpful Triberr posts coming, Jenny! And thank you.
No gift bag for you, Fabio, just gift posts. 🙂
I’ll send the three of you a direct message with a link you’ll click and an invite code you’ll type in. Sheila is hanging out in More Cowbell tribe alone with me and think she’s getting restless for some fellow peeps so I’ll try to do that tonight after work.
Fabulous info again, Jenny. Thanks! I do have a question about scheduling…Triberr sends out in intervals, so you can set it to 20 minutes or 62 minutes or whatever. Do you just get on 20 minutes before “high traffic” times and set them all to go out every 20 minutes or something like that? Can you schedule ahead for a specific time?
No, you cant schedule a tweet for a specific time…yet 🙂
If i need something to go out at a specific time, I use Social Oomph. 🙂
Aha. Thanks Dino and Jenny. I’ll just make sure to check my Stream first thing in the am.
I am not sure how, but I have never heard of this! This seems like a great tool, and I would love to be a part of your tribe. I am just sticking my foot back into the blogging word, but I am taking Kristen’s Wana112 class, so I hope to do it right this time. 🙂
It sounds like you’re well on the right road. Kristen’s class should be everyone’s Step 1 in my opinion!
There is talk of a WANA112 tribe so I’ll direct the founder your way if i don’t draw your name with the next post. 🙂
That would be awesome, thanks! 🙂
Okay Jenny or Dino. Question: Can you belong to more than one tribe? Or can you communicate with others within another tribe and receive their blog postings? How many on average are in a tribe? And I’m still not sure about the social thing. Can you talk to one another through Triberr?
Sorry. I’m still trying to process this. Well, of course I’m still processing Facebook and Twitter. But I’m getting there. Slowly. And it’s quite irritating to others I’m quite sure. Thanks for your patience Jenny. The gears are starting to turn. Can you see the smoke rising up from over towards H.B.? LOL! 🙂
I saw the smoke from your HB Bonfire, Karen. LOL…
I have the tribe I was originally invited to (by the fabulous Roni Loren) and the three that I’ve made.
To cross tribal boundaries is called inbreeding and I’ll let Dino explain that. My understanding is that you’re either in a tribe or they are in your tribe, but you can’t pick singles. You have to do that manually outside Triberr (which I do for pals like Kristen Lamb and Piper Bayard).
To talk to people from everywhere in Triberr, you go hang out in the Bonfires. 🙂
Jenny answered it 100% correct.
You only see people’s blog posts if you’re in the same tribe. As for the average number, Im not even sure myself….last time I checked the averages (about 4 months ago) the average size was 24, but thats meaningless to you. It’s best to stick with what you’re comfortable with.
To talk to others on Triberr you can use Tribe Counsel wall within a tribe or Bonfires to leave a public message. One-on-one is not built into the system yet, but there are plenty of platforms that allow for that functionality.
Triberr……………whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? I am freaking out. I know you say it will make social media easier/faster…but gosh it seems like a lot. I was just thinking this morning that I would TRY and take a crack at google+…and now I’m reading THIS?!
1. I feel like I am missing out on something cool the popular kids are doing.
2. I feel like I am behind the bandwagon, AGAIN (being that I just joined twitter last year)
3. I’m on DEADLINE and I don’t think I will have time to play with this triberr thing until…well I just don’t know when.
Did I mention I am on deadline for an edit, my class starts next week, guest blogging 3 times in the next 2 weeks, and I will probably be waiting to test positive on a very important blood test during this time?!?!
I need a foot massage….during which, I could hold my laptop and get my @$$ set up on Triberr 🙂
Thank you for sharing your geek knowledge, Jenny.
Triberr is to manage the posts of the peeps you like to tweet. You do not have to do a thing until you’ve met your deadlines and passed your big test!! I’ll pull you into a tribe down the road. Relax. Breathe. Think fluffy thoughts….
advice taken. Triberr and I will meet up on the flipside.
fluffy thoughts here I come!
Lemme try and make Triberr little more enticing 🙂
It’s made for bloggers by bloggers. Dan and I are rolling out features that are squarely focused on one type of Internet citizen. A Blogger. All other Social Networks are geared towards …well, I duno…I guess everyone.
Triberr’s mission is to solve big problems for little bloggers. That is our edge and that is our selling point over all other social media platforms.
Btw, Triberr makes sharing on G+ easier, too 🙂
Ok, I’m liking what you are throwing down, Mr. Dino. Thanks! I am getting closer to having a second to think about it . But not yet. Life is Speeeeeeeding down the road right now ————zzzzzz-oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmM!
I just read a lot about Triberr yesterday (a friend sent me an invite to her new group). So…here’s a new question. How do you go about forming/building a tribe? What number of people is optimum? (I’m more on the intimate side of things).
So, yes, keep posting on it!
LOL, thanks for stopping in, Leanne. Be sure to read the other posts to get set up. The next one planned is about building your own tribes. I think the basic tribe defaults to 10, but we’d have to have Dino weigh in on this. 🙂
For some ideas on strategy, see this post http://triberr.com/blog/top-10-tribe-building-strategies-for-bloggers/
As for the size, stick with whatever you’re comfortable with. Tribes used to default to 7 but thats no longer the case. Now it’s whatever you feel like doing.
I think one of the great things about Triberr is that I could include more diversity in my weekly blog round-ups. There’s only so far I can go in my scouring of the interwebz and it still takes up a lot of time. It’s great that it’s now open to everyone who wants to sign up, but I’d still love to be a part of your tribe=)
Thanks, Kathleen! And you’re still in the Magic Hat of Triberr Love.
You can run searches on the bonfires and find more posts for your weekly round-ups. Who doesn’t love to be part of a mash-up??!
You are a fount of Triberr and with Dino acting as interlocutar the concept is getting clearer. Thanx.
I know…y’all lucked in that Dino was in the house! He is Triberr God!!
I’m so glad you unlocked inbreeding (sounds gross, doesn’t it), so that I can be part of the More Cowbell tribe 🙂 Thanks so much for these great posts.
You’re welcome, Miz Marcy! I get really excited when I pick the names. 🙂 I’ll send your invite in the next day or two.
Great post, Jenny as always. I’d love to know more about Triberr. I get a couple of messages everyday that this message was not sent to twitter. please reconnect to your twitter account. Why does this happen in the midst of a group of posts that went out? confusing. And once I’ve sent a tweet, the little gear doesn’t show up – i can only hit send again. does it work that way?
thanks for a great series.
That doesnt sound “normal”. Are you using Internet Explorer by any chance? We cant test IE and sometimes weird issues happen because of it.
If you’re still haveing the issue after trying Chrome or Firefox and hitting a refresh a few times, light a Bonfire so one of the moderators can take a look.
I love all this information you’re providing us, Jenny! But I also have a couple of questions. I don’t remember if it was during the WANA1011 workshop, or somewhere else, but scheduling tweets was discouraged. Will other Twitterers (or Twits, or whatever we’re called) realize that we’re not actually spending much time on Twitter because of Triberr?
Also, as far as imported blog posts go, what is the best way to work that with current posts?
Okay, I have a third question. I actually seem to be spending MORE time reading blogs (because I have a hard time approving something I haven’t actually read yet)…and I’m not able to get to all the blogs I was reading before I joined. Since it’s supposed to save time, what am I doing wrong?
Thanks! And please…post more on how to use Triberr! 🙂
My grandpa always used to say, “I had opinions but then I started doing shit” 🙂
In other words, everyone has their opinion on how social media should be done. It’s all BS of course. I find that scheduling tweets enables me to spend MORE time on twitter, not less. And when I am on Twitter, I spend my time connecting with others, and -as far as Im concerned- isn’t that what you’re supposed to do on Twitter anyways?
As for spending time reading posts…..you’re gonna love what we have in store 🙂
In about a week or so, your tribesmates will be able to install Triberr plugin which will enable you to read all posts right within your tribal stream. In about a month, you will be able to comment within the Tribal Stream as well 🙂 More on that here http://triberr.com/blog.php?post=23954
Hope that helps 🙂
I learn something new every time I come here, Jenny, so yes, please continue on with the triberr posts. I love them! 🙂
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Thank you for this great tutorial, Jenny!
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I’ve been crazy busy and not online, but I did get the invite and will set Triberr up soon. Definitely keep the posts coming!
Thanks for the extra help on Twitter, Jenny. I look forward to more of your Triberr posts. There is so much more I want to know like how do I earn bones? I hope I can get into the awesome Cowbell tribe some day. 😀
I finally got around to commenting here! Great advice as usual. I’m going to set up a new tribe for peeps that don’t want to start their own, but want to get in on the Triberr fun, so if you have extra peeps, send them my way. I’d be happy to throw them in the tribe.
Did you already talk about how to get around the ‘promotional’ button? Yesterday your post came up as ‘promotional’ and I set it to tweet, but don’t think it did. I’ll have to figure that one out. I know Triberr doesn’t like words like ‘free’, but your post didn’t have anything that threw up a red flag to me. Huh.
Nice, Tameri…you are serious awesome-sauce. If you don’t mind going through the comments and plucking up some people that don’t win when we’re done here, I’d love it.
I’ll be happy to show you how to get rid of the promotional thingie. 🙂
That’s a great idea! I’ll stop by here after you pick your winners and gather up a new tribe. Awesome!
Dumb question. What is my blogs RSS? And how in the heck are people doing this cool Pingback thing. I LOVE IT!
Your RSS is your feed to your blog – it stands for Really Simple Syndication. When you “add your feed” to Triberr, you’re showing it where to go to pick up your posts whenever you put up a blog.
The pingback happens when someone references your blog on their site. They’d copy the URL for this post (https://jennyhansenauthor.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/triberr-part-3-how-do-i-rock-my-tribal-stream/) and hyperlink it to some words in their post.
When they go live, the lovely internet sends me the pingback like a comment to be approved. It tells me that someone linked to me and makes it easier to go thank them.
Hey, Jenny. I’m probably too late for the invitation draw, but even so, I find these posts so helpful. I’m so jealous of everyone in Triberr!! LOL
You’re not too late!! You’re totally in the Magic Hat of Triberr Love. 🙂
Wow, Triberr sounds even better after this week’s post. Thank you so much for the indepth coverage. Can’t wait for the next part.
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This is a very late comment, but I’d love to read as many Triberr posts as you want to write. They’ve been incredibly helpful for me as a Triberr newbie.
I want more! I’m starting to get excited about this. So please, another post 🙂 I’d love to figure out how to set up my own tribe and make it work.
Also running late on this one – but yes please, keep the info coming. As a keen but still slightly confused Triberr person, I need all the help I can get!
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Hi Jenny … My name is Mahdi and I live in Atlanta,\.
I am impressed with your understanding of Triberr and how we build strong networks with it.
How do I join Triberr through you? Do you have a Tribber Link that you can send to me?
Please get back with me ASAP … I am anxious to get started in building like-minded relationships through this platform. Looks Like FUN!
Oh God. I’m hanging in there……just, lol.
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