There is a lot of discussion about Twitter, Blogs and Social Media in general creating Illegitimate Experts, Gurus, Leaders… or iPhony’s. Lets’ look at the definition of Illegitimate– not in accordance with the principles of valid inference. By this definition Twitter, Blogs and social media may be creating illegitimate experts. The beauty of the Internet and online community is the fact a person does not have to be “in accordance with a valid inference” to be successful. No one is forced to follow or listen to anyone online, it’s a game of personal choice.
In the online world each individual is responsible for creating their own validation (whatever that means). My personal opinion is this, “If a person has an audience, voice, knowledge, experience, personality, talent, information, the ability to influence and people are listening, They have been legitimized.” If the above things are happening, the people are confirming that John Q. Twitterer or Suzy Q. Blogger aren’t iPhony’s.
There have been some very real and very legitimate online leaders that have risen out of the ranks of Twitter, Blogging and Social Media. If people buy into what you are selling it’s only a matter of time before some degree of success and influence happens.
Traditional would-be experts are no longer the source of legitimization. The market, the consumers, followers and the online community dictate whether or not a person is the “Real Deal.” It doesn’t matter what I think or what you think, the only thing that matters is what the people think. Let’s take a look at a relatively recent product that in my mind was not legitimate, The Snuggie. Seriously a backwards robe is not a legitimate product. The Snuggie has sold well over 4 million of their backwards robes; therefore the market and the people legitimized the product. “Who am I and what do I know?”
Is Twitter & Blogging Creating iPhony’s? Share your thoughts!