5 Key Innovations Made to the Blogosphere This Month

So far, Triberr has imported close to one million blog posts, and has handled the sharing of 10 million tweets.  And the “10 million” doesn’t even include posts that are shared via other social channels like Facebook, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon and G+.

This month we’re introducing 5 Key Innovations into the blogosphere. 4 are directly tied into the new version of Triberr plugin, and 1 has been long time coming and much needed.

Much of this innovation is against the law. We’re not supposed to do this and I know many will criticize us over it, but I don’t care.

Our mandate has always been to solve big problems for little bloggers. And these innovations are for them. The big bloggers and large media hubs can take care of themselves.

1. Frictionless Guest Blogging (aka reBlog function)

reBlog allows bloggers to syndicate their content to other blogs.

Newspapers have been doing this for 100s of years. An article written in a NY paper could be syndicated to a paper in Chicago.

Everybody wins in this scenario. The author gains wider exposure, newspaper gets fresh content, and Chicago audience gets to read an article they couldn’t read otherwise.

So, HOW do you reBlog an article? Easy,

Your tribemates who have installed the plugin will be easily identified in your Tribal Stream with the red “read” flag. Like so.

You can click on the post’s headline to open the article right inside your Tribal Stream. Like so.

From here, you can click to Comment (I’ll talk about that in the next section), read the post at the original location, reBlog, and Approve for sharing.

Why didn’t someone else think of reBlog before?

They kinda did…Tumblr has something similar. But small bloggers running self-hosted WordPress blogs are basically left out in the dust.

None the less, there are still 1 and a half issues with this concept as it pertains to the blogosphere.

The “half issue” is proper attribution. We’ve solved this by embedding the author bio and social links into the article itself. Issue solved.

I call this a “half issue” only because if the publisher really wanted to give proper attribution for the article they could. It may not be easy, but it can be done. We only made it streamlined, easy, and something publishers don’t even have to think about.

The real issue is that if you’re really lucky, your article may get republished on 50 blogs. And in this social web, the success of your article becomes your downfall.

How do you engage with comments across 50 blogs?

This is the second key innovation we’ve introduced with the Triberr Plugin.

2. Triberr Global Comment System

Triberr comment system does something NO OTHER comment system can do.

If a post has been published on 50 blogs, Triberr comment system will replicate all comments to ALL 50 blogs. But that’s not all.  All comments –from across all 50 blogs- are also replicated and visible inside your Tribal Stream.

So the author (or anyone else) can open the article inside their Tribal Stream and respond to comments regardless on which one of the 50 blogs the comment was made. Like so.

3. Floating Comment System

In terms of technology, it may not sound like much. But in terms of functionality, I LOVE this feature.

How many times do you read a long(er) post and somewhere in the beginning you think of a perfect comment to the first or second paragraph. But, by the time you get to the end you forget what you were gonna say and find yourself re-reading the article from the beginning?

I don’t know about you, but it happens to me ALL THE TIME.

Floating Comment System allows you to make a comment anywhere in the post as you read it. Simply click on “Comment” button and the window pops up allowing you to make a comment right then and there. Like so.

The Floating Comments get replicated to the bottom and to all blogs where your post has been published. Sweet :-)

4. Pinterest Integration

Last but not least, we will be adding a Pinterest Pin It button to the list of available buttons inside the post window.

This will enable you to pin your tribemate’s posts to your Pinterest account.

If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, or you’re wondering how bloggers can take advantage of this hot, new social network, to drive traffic, engagement, build an audience, and even make money, then don’t worry about a thing. I have just the solution.

How to Pinterest for bloggers webinar coming on Tuesday, March 20th, at 11:30AM EST.

Details to follow, but basically, weeks worth of research about Pinterest has been collected, and will be shared with you in this 2 hours long webinar.

One hour (maybe little more) will be dedicated to presenting vast amounts of collected information and showing bloggers how best to leverage Pinterest, followed by 30-40 minute long Q&A session. With few surprises for good measure.

This will be a paid webinar that you’ll be able to spend your Bones on with a steep discount for Triberr members.

5. Triberr Blogger Certification Program

NO ONE can accuse us of lacking ambition.

Increasingly, companies are looking to hire bloggers to write for a company blog. There isn’t a lot that a traditional corporation has to go on when going through this process. I mean, how can a corporation be sure a blogger meats at least a minimum set of requirements needed, to be the public voice of the corporation?

Now, let me be clear. Blogosphere is a wondrous place exactly because there are no rules, authorities, and “standards”. And as a human, I am staunchly opposed to any kind of rule that tells me I have to do it “this way” or “that way”.

Triberr Blogger Certification Program will only help companies make better decisions as to which candidate might be best suited to navigate the turbulent waters of the social web.

Also, I see blogging as a “9 to 5 kind of profession” an emerging industry and many displaced workers should have some way of showing their credentials. And this is where Triberr Blogger Certification Program steps in.

Why are we uniquely suited to pull this off?

I’ve spend 7 years of my Network Engineering career immersed in professional training, education, and certification. Like Blogging, the Information Technology (IT) industry is relatively young, and lacks traditional education paths.

I see Blogging as a profession in exactly the same place where IT industry was sometime in the 1980s. A wild, wild, west kind of place; and if corporations are to step into this space and hire bloggers, these corps will need some assurances in order to feel comfortable. We will offer that comfort thought the Triberr Blogger Certification Program.

Like I said, no one can accuse us of lacking ambition.

One on One Press Conference

Why can’t bloggers change the blogosphere from the bottom up? I say they can, and we will.

These innovations will bring about seismic changes. They will give ALL bloggers inexhaustible supply of guest posts, stronger engagement than ever before, and the possibility of the greatest distribution and proliferation of content than was previously available.

And if you care to share these innovations with your audience, I’m prepared to talk to you about it. My skype handle is dino.dogan, and I’ve carved out time over the next few days to chat about this stuff, one-on-one, press conference style.

Dino Dogan

Global Force for Badassery | Founder of Triberr | Refugee from Bosnia | Writer for Technorati | Speaker | Lousy Martial Artist | Pretty good singer/songwriter | Hi :-)

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  • http://twitter.com/sbhsbh Steve Hughes

    Bravo and Congrats.  I knew this was coming because I intended the webinar, but this groundbreaking stuff Dino.  I’m really curious to see how this plays out and if people embrace, especially the reBlog.  I’m sure many heads will be spinning once this information spread through Triberr.  Let the fun begin.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Well…thats an interesting question you bring up. How will this play out? What will the blogosphere look like in a year from now?

      If these features are embraced, and I believe they will be because we only respond to the needs of our community, how will the affect the blogosphere.

      Steve, I challenge you put a pen to paper on that subject.

  • http://www.giglogo.com Karla Campos

    This is some big news, I keep talking to people about Pinterest and some are concerned that pinning is taking content without permission so when I ask what they think about content curation they look at me and say “oh wow, I didn’t think about that one”. Is the Triberr reblogging like content curation? Will the reblogging be just a snippet of the original post? I would be interested in sharing the new Triberr innovations with my audience.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      The ReBlog function will ReBlog the entire post. In that sense it’s more like a TV Show thats in reruns.

      The idea is to help individual bloggers build authority, a following, and a footprint. For example, I would love for anyone to take this post and reblog it on their channel (blog), and as long as proper attribution is made to me, everybody wins.

      The Triberr Plugin makes this a single click process rather than a tedious transfer of content, author account creation on the destination blog, dispersed commenting that occurs when one post shows up on multiple blogs, and cumbersome engagement  management that can occur afterwards (for the author).

      We just took all that and streamlined it :-)

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    Hey Dino, 

    This is awesome. I have just installed your plugin and I can hardly wait to see what will happen next. One question about the ReBlog feature. When I installed the plugin, and after I added the api, I got a question about entering my username and password for the ReBlog feature. If I do, is that the same as to authorize everybody to publish on my blog, or do I still get the chance to moderate it before it gets published?

    (I’m still a little confused – but that’s what it’s like being Norwegian) :)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

       hey Jens,

      The credentials are used so that Triberr can send someone else’s post to your blog as a draft. This happens when you decide to reblog someone else’s post only.

      I cant wait to start reblogging your stuff man :-)

      • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

        I’ll have to test it soon :)

  • Denise Sonnenberg

    I like the idea of being able to have comments replicate across all published articles. Great work!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Hi Denise, now check this out….

      What if you and I did a video interview, and we both decided to embed the video on our respective blogs?

      Wouldn’t it make sense to “combine” the comments from both blogs since the content is the same?

      This is the level of flexibility we’re aiming for.

      Right now, it’s only for ReBlog posts, but we want to make it flexible enough to do other magic as well :-)

  • http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/blog/dwight-schrute-tips-for-work-ethic/ Jill Tooley

    WOW. These are incredible innovations, Dino! If you don’t mind my asking, what’s questionable about any of these, and why would people criticize you for it? They all seem brilliant to me, at least on the surface!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

       MY FAV JILL!!!! :-) Helooo!!!!

      I could fill a book answering your question…..but I’ll try to keep it short.

      When Triberr first came out, we were criticized for the auto-sharing function. A year later, Facebook rolls out the same feature for large media properties and no one makes a peep. Interesting, dont you think?

      We are re-shaping the way the blogosphere functions from the bottom up, and those on top will not like it. They will find a way to poo poo it. They will criticize it because it threatens their position.

      Of course, they will couch it in a very reasonable argument, probably something about the “paying your dues”, or “abuse of the system”, or “too much noise”, or something similar.

      Having said that, I’d be really curious to hear your take on this subject matter.

      • http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/blog Jill Tooley

         Heloooo to you too, my fav Dino! :)

        I do remember the criticism of auto-shares, now that you mention it. It
        never seemed problematic to me, but many of my Twitter friends
        complained about it nonstop. FB has done the same thing now? That
        figures — Facebook and some of the other “untouchables” could
        essentially pull down their pants and moon all of us and we’d probably
        thank them for it. (Sometimes, I feel like they do this on a daily basis
        as it is!)

        Ah yes — the old “paying your dues” concept. While I greatly respect
        the majority of the bloggers at the top, I also respect many of the ones
        at the bottom who are struggling to find a following but can’t seem to
        rise above eye level. I do not agree with malicious or deceitful tactics
        to get to the top, but what’s wrong with giving them an honest boost? Why not make it easier for them to publish, share, and republish content? Plus, you guys are always more than happy to answer questions and help people out, which is an added perk!

        P.S. Speaking of “too much noise”…if I see one more article about why G Plus is the most groundbreaking, phenomenal social network, I swear I’m going to lose it!

  • http://twitter.com/michaelwroberts Michael Roberts

    This sounds really fantastic. I think the focus on usability is key for the blogosphere, and I’m excited to see developments that benefit everyone. 

    Does your plugin make use of the canonical tag for SEO purposes? I haven’t installed the plugin yet, but it seems that a canonical tag in the header along with the author profile you’re already using would take care of any SEO / attribution concerns.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

       It doesnt use canonical tag yet, but it’s on the list of improvements.

  • http://www.mynotetakingnerd.com/blog Lewis LaLanne aka Nerd #2

    This . . .

    “If a post has been published on 50 blogs, Triberr comment system will
    replicate all comments to ALL 50 blogs. But that’s not all.  All
    comments –from across all 50 blogs- are also replicated and visible
    inside your Tribal Stream.”

    . . . is BAD ASS!!!

    That floating comment dealio is awesome too. I usually just copy and paste section into the comment portion so it jogs my memory when I finish. But now, I can do the oldies song and “Float, Float on, Float on, Float on.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT_9OUvmb5I

    Thank you so much Dino for listening and working to make your tool serve us even better! :)
     

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

       sweet…the next step will be to make the floating option available on the blog itself :-)

  • Annc9425

    Hey Dino,
    Wow I love the floating comment system.  I have that happen all the time and spend a ton of time accomplishing nothing but flustration.  AWESOME!!  Liked the other features too.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

       I KNEW I wasnt alone :-)

  • http://explainafide.com.au/business-of-art-blog/ Scott

    it’s really interesting to watch the blogging industry develop and become more interactive – the global comments function really integrates the concept of blogging into a more cohesive record of ideas and discussion.

    certification though could have the result of dulling the vibrancy and individuality of style and content – i’ve seen a couple of ‘how-to’ and ‘how-to-not’ articles recently, specifically in terms of blogging.  an easy example is the prevalence of ‘top x reasons for y’ headlines – is it just me or do techniques like this become meaningless by repetition?  try repeating a word over and over – soon the word loses it’s meaning and just becomes the sound of a voice…

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

       I totally see your point.

      Cert wise, what makes blogging great is exactly what corps can’t do.

      Great blogging is emotional. It’s evocative. It’s controversial. It’s new and different. Corps try to do the exact opposite. And they wonder why there’s no engagement.

      I think the free blogosphere will always be vibrant, but corps need guidance and thats where I hope the cert program will take them. Remains to be seen :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/GarrettSpecialties Garrett Specialties

    Your Floating Comment System happens to me all the time. I agree with you blogging as a “9 to 5 kind of profession” I was reading a blog that suggested having a social media manager and I thought that was nuts, but I am starting to think it isn’t.