fyi, AT and i are working on getting direct access to the tribe company blog so we can post updates regularly there.
we’ve appreciated all the comments and passion around tribe and are reading all of them (which isnt easy!).
more transparency…tribe does make enough revenue from ads and user premium accounts to cover its basic costs. btw, darren has done a great job in managing this and getting the whole operation into a more affordable facility. people are right that tribe lacks the resources for new development, but i’d like to remind everyone that most users HATE change to their web utilities (when’s the last time you saw craigslist change?). people are right in pointing out that whether tribe is a for profit or non profit it has to show a profit to sustain. AT and i remain committed to this outcome and believe that is entirely doable.
patti was kind enough to send in her thoughts on how to make tribe a better service – ie. listen to the core users. my goal right now is to see tribe achieve long term sustainability first. and most important to that is to find a long term steward to take over from darren. we have received interesting notes from people who would be interested in doing way more with tribe. great. we agree that tribe can eventually be a terrific business serving the social media needs of its core users.
pls keep the comments coming and we promise to soon post updates directly on tribe. you can also find these posts on my tribe profile.