When did you first become “internet” involved?
Im a Network Engineer by profession. I was teaching Internet related technologies for over 7 years and have over a decade experience in Enterprise networks, IP, Information Security, and a host of other technologies way to obscure for polite audience.
So, I could say that I’ve been involved with the technical side of the Internet since the mid 90s. I’ve been actively blogging for about 4 years now.
Tell us a little about Triberr.
Triberr is not only the reach multiplier, but also the great equalizer. It allows small and medium size bloggers to band together, form tribes, and share in each other’s audience.
One thing I never understood about automated follower gathering tools made for Twitter is that they allow you to gain thousands of followers over night only so that you can then ignore those followers. What’s the point?
With Triberr, bloggers can come together and share in each other’s audience. They can keep that audience small and engaged. And they can enjoy the transfer of trust that happens as one trustworthy blogger makes a recommendation to read someone else’s post. That someone else is the member of your tribe.
How does Triberr generate traffic?
We don’t worry about traffic. We don’t care about traffic. What we care about is enabling bloggers to expand their reach. And they can do that by inviting others to join their tribe. This is an incredible win-win-win situation. Triberr grows, your tribe grows, everyone’s audience grows, and the audience itself gets exposed to quality bloggers that you love and trust.
And they never miss a post because the reciprocal sharing of the Twitter stream is automagicated
What are some of your passions?
Dogs. Motorcycles. Guitars. Books. Fitness. Teaching. Writing. People. History. Buddhism. Philosophy. Psychology. Neuroscience. Evolution. I could keep going but I guess I better stop
Why do you enjoy blogging?
I don’t believe in borders in real life. They are made up and enforced through military power.
It’s a great way to share information and connect with people. I love the fact that the locales are no longer relevant.
I don’t believe in borders in real life. They are made up and enforced through military power. The Internet has obliterated the physical limitations governments impose on their citizens by blocking access to other peoples and cultures. But not online.
How can social media be used in a more powerful way?
1% of superstar bloggers get 99% of attention.
SM has run into a serious problem. There are way too many voices that are NOT being heard.
1% of superstar bloggers get 99% of attention. And attention = traffic, book deals, affiliate sales, speaking engagement, money, opportunities, etc.
The content produced by these 1 percenters is safe and boring. Not only that, its often lifted from smaller, more innovative blogs. And whilst the change in wording might satisfy Copyscape’s standards for originality, it doesn’t fool a real live human.
Triberr is my way of rebelling against safe and boring. Triberr gives a fighting chance to the blogger with an original and disruptive voice to be heard not only over the noise of the blogosphere, but over the drowning onslaught brought on by the lucky few.
What can a blogger do to be better?
If everyone could quit being such a calculated pansy and say whats really on their mind, that would go a long way in the right direction. If everyone could stop echoing what everyone else is saying, that would be pretty good too. If everyone could remove self interest from social interactions and detach themselves from some imagined outcome, we could all just relax, enjoy each other’s company and elevate each other.
Where’s your favorite place in the world?
Oh damn. That’s a good question. I didn’t see that coming. I went to Bisbee, AZ recently. I had an awesome tofu taco, met with some amazing artists, and the whole town really spoke to me. The architecture and the atmosphere was amazing. So I don’t know about my favorite place in the world, but when you said favorite place, Bisbee was the first thing that popped into my head, so I’ll go with that
Who else is involved in Triberr?
First off, there wouldn’t be Triberr without Dan Cristo. He is the co-founder, the lead developer, and all around ninja responsible for the amazingly fast development of the platform.
Brankica Underwood was there with us practicably from day one. She is our Facebook manager and is responsible for starting the brush fire on the blogosphere and getting the word out from the get go.
Last, but most certainly NOT least, is our Triberr community. There isn’t a day that goes by without at least 10 emails from existing members suggestion improvements, reporting problems, letting me know when someone talks about us, and on and on…
I have NEVER seen a community so responsive and engaged. Companies pay good money for the type of feedback that we get. I LOVE The Triberr community.
How long has Triberr been around?
We launched our pre-beta in early March of 2011, and went full beta few weeks later. The growth of the platform and our userbase, along with the amazing coverage we’ve gotten so far within the blogosphere, makes us seam as if we’ve been around forever. But at the time of this writing, its been barely 2 months
Seven years of my professional career (Network Engineering) was spent in corporate training which I’ve used as a real-life lab to test many learning theories, delivery methods, teaching principals and knowledge-transfer peculiarities.
These findings were later used when developing a critical look at the way adults learn, seek and receive information, communicate (both internally and externally) and apply learned info.
DIY Blogger NET is my sandbox where I can share information business folks would find useful if only they knew it existed.