Joining a tribe – is it right for you? (In response to @SeanEClark’s post.)

This is an interesting idea from @SeanEClark – have joined his #tribe – but not sure yet if it’s right for me.

Very happy to share interesting posts – but not quite comfortable with Triberr’s automatic tweeting of posts. Would prefer to receive tweets telling me of new posts; this would give me the opportunity to read them and RT or not as I felt fit – that might also give the RT some verisimilitude. While I trust Sean to write interesting posts, I wonder how large the tribe can get before you find yourself auto RTing posts that you don’t agree with.

Also, feel that it might constrain the way I write my blog posts. Normally I write for my own pleasure, if other people like it then that’s a bonus. However, now that I am a member of a tribe, I find myself wondering whether other tribe members will like what I post and appreciate having a link sent out under their name without any sanction. That’s a form of peer pressure – and I don’t much like peer pressure of any sort (hence why I am a freelancer not a corporate animal).

This tribe-sharing of content is an interesting development in social media distribution but I suspect the simple mechanics of the system disguise much more complex social (tribal) issues.

Watching with interest (perhaps the tribe will eject me for questioning the system – sociologists would call it group protection).


PS: Please feel free to add your views – are you in a tribe (or a sociologist), would you consider joining one – or does it effectively turn tribe members into #bots?


3 thoughts on “Joining a tribe – is it right for you? (In response to @SeanEClark’s post.)

  1. Huw,

    To cover your points:


    I would never normally condone automatic Tweets beyond scheduling, and Triberr certainly offers the option to manually ReTweet rather than automate it when you set up a Tribe. In practise, with busy schedules, checking for new posts to Tweet from amongst your group gets overlooked, especially as the Tribe grows larger. Inequality creeps in where some do not get as much reach as others and the system starts to fail. Automation is where trust and of Tribe are important.

    This leads into your second point…

    You shouldn’t join, or invite someone to join, a Tribe, the members of which have blog posts you are not comfortable ReTweeting. This takes trust, and it’s worth looking at the history of the blogs of all members thoroughly before joining. It is also up to the Tribe leader to manage membership in case others stray from the point of focus.

    The overall aim is to help others maximise their reach within a specific market sector. For it to be of benefit, all content needs to be good quality and relevant. There is no benefit to someone blogging about finance joining a Tribe blogging about motorcycles.

    Huw I extended an invite as you have kindly re-tweeted and commented on my posts many times in the past. You are a professional writer, have an opinion on the social space and support local initiatives. Social Media for me is about all of those things, and I was very pleased you accepted. I have trust in the quality of your work, and it’s subject matter. Therefore I am happy to help you extend your audience through my own, as I believe it will be relevant to most, for as long as you wish to be a member.

    I am even more happy that you pose these questions. The word “Tribe” itself invokes certain feelings, it has strong connotations. Often associated with territory, war, protection, self-preservation. Tribes are also supportive towards each other, peaceful entities, and self-sustaining.

    I would refer anyone to read Seth Godin’s book, Tribes as this is the essence of what this concept is about.



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