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Turn OFF Auto Tweeting on Triberr

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Triberr is a new service that allows you to auto-tweet from approved colleagues’ blog streams. I wrote an extensive article examining Triberr’s service, but I wrote it before I had a chance to try Triberr. Right after I wrote the article, I received an invitation to try Triberr for myself. I used the Crafterminds Twitter stream and blog up to test Triberr out.

My findings:

  • Although you are allowed to turn off auto-tweeting, it is extremely hard to find the place where you can adjust that setting
  • The Triberr site is sluggish and hard to navigate
  • I hate having other people’s RSS feed auto-tweeting to my Twitter account

Basically, Triberr doesn’t really fit in with my social media strategy, which is to personally curate the content I broadcast via Twitter, and to use social media as a method of personal interaction (not personal promotion).

Even though I am a tech savvy person, I couldn’t figure out how to keep my account from auto-tweeting in a tribe I wasn’t the owner of. Therefore, I had to leave the tribe to keep from auto-tweeting. I had a hard time finding any info online about how to change the auto-tweeting settings, including on Triberr’s own FAQ page. Really? That isn’t a frequently asked question? I find that pretty hard to believe.

If you are the owner of a Tribe, you can set the tribe to default to NOT auto-tweet, but it is extremely hard to find the setting if you are not a Tribe owner. (In fact, I was talking to a leading blogger in my niche last week, and she said she talked to the owner of Triberr, and he apparently admitted to making that setting purposely hard to find.)

So, How Do I Turn OFF Auto-Tweeting on Triberr?

I came across the info in a comment on a blog post at Mom Off Track. Lucretia Pruitt of The Social Joint instructed:

You can change that [auto-tweeting] setting by going into the Tribe page by choosing “Tribe” from the upper menu and clicking on the Tribe you wish to set from auto to manual or vice versa, then underneath the info about the tribe leader on the left, select “settings” (rather than “members”) to change the view. Scroll down, on the left, you will see a slider button that says “Automatic Tweeting”… after you change it to On or Off, click the button below that says “save settings.”

Hopefully this info will help if you are still willing to use Triberr as long as you can adjust the auto-tweeting. As for me, since I couldn’t find the setting myself (even though I clicked through basically every setting on the entire site), I removed myself from the other person’s auto-tweeting tribe. I still have my Triberr account for now (in case I need to do any further tests or write more how-to articles), but I am not a member of any tribes and am not actively using the tool.

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6 Responses to “Turn OFF Auto Tweeting on Triberr”

  1. Andi says:

    I have a dream that one day people will auto-tweet sparingly from any source 🙂

  2. Hi Heather,

    Yikes…did I really say that? I dont think so….

    Here is a blog post outlining the manual mode. http://triberr.com/blog/manual-mode-is-here/

    The Manual mode is under tribe settings. We try to make the interface as intuitive as we can make it, and placing the manual mode anywhere else other than tribe settings would be truly misleading.

    We have experiences close to 400% growth every month since we started in March and this continues to be a challenge in terms of optimizing the code and upgrading servers.

    Since we took the site down for maintenance 3 weeks ago tings are much faster. For you see, Im not only the Founder, but Im also the user of Triberr 🙂

  3. Great thoughts! I’m still in triberr… but I am frustrated with the hiccups and functionality of the service. It’s a neat idea. I just wish there were more user friendly ways to adjust settings and ‘tailor’ your tweet content a little more (ie. so I could add my own comment or not retweet everything).
    I wish there was a way to formally organize ‘tweet groups’. These probably form organically as one finds a core group of other bloggers.
    But I think many (especially new) bloggers struggle to know what to do. It is a little cliquely and sorority-ish, but having a small, formal “organized group” that you can count on to RT and support your content would be nice. (but RT in a more personal way, etc) Kinda like PeerTrainer is for weight loss… it would be like a mini-blog coaching or mentoring ‘team’ that lays down group ground rules, etc.

  4. I have been on triberr since Mid-June. Over-all I like it, but I do think there are things on the site that are incredibly hard to navigate. For example, I can’t figure out how to pause or stop certain posts without doing it for all of them. I know it can be done for Word Press, but I’m still on blogger.

    Because of that, I am now reluctant to post anything personal (or non-craft/DIY) on my blog because I don’t think it’s right to have the bloggers in my craft/DIY Tribes auto”Endorse” my vacation pictures. At that point, I lose some of my personality due to triberr. Not sure it’s worth it.

    When I first joined I thought it was they most fabulous thing ever. I am getting decent traffic due to my participation, so I will probably keep doing it for a while. Several of my tribe members have dropped out (crafterminds being one of them) but I am adopting a wait & see attitude for now.

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