UPDATE (10/30): I received another invite to Triberr but this time it was by a group that set up the expectation that you wouldn't autotweet something unless you approved of the content/post. So apparently, you can turn off the autotweet feature in Triberr and then only "approve" posts that you think your followers will enjoy. THIS is a much better idea IMO, so after all this, I've joined a tribe. I'll let you all know how it goes. But know that anything I retweet, I approved of first. :)
Make sure you like their blog and know that they can provide something your readers will enjoy.
With the onslaught of self-publishing, there are a lot of people looking for places to be guests. They will offer you a free book in exchange for the promotion. That's cool. But what happens if you don't like the book or don't have time to read it? Vet it before you promote it to your readers.
If you really love the book, then great. But just agreeing to give a perfect review just because you're BFFs will teach people not to trust your reviews. (If you do reviews.)
I don't expect my friends to retweet me just because we're buddies. I only want to be retweeted if the post is worth it.
There are many awesome group blogs out there. But be careful when deciding to join or start one. You need to know absolutely that the people you are blogging with are going to be a fit with what you want associated with you. This is why my group Tumblr blog lasted about, oh, five seconds before I went on my own. (Kristen Lamb would also argue that group blogs aren't effective because no one remembers the individual bloggers' names.)
So what do you think? Do you feel there is an inherent "brand" trust between people and their followers? How do you feel about services like Triberr? Has any blogger/tweeter ever lost your "follower trust"? Have you found yourself saying yes to feature people or books that may not fit on your blog?
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