said 11 months, 3 weeks ago:
hi David, great question! i was thinking the same thing at one point-having gone through months/years of accreditation in my own field of work, and being in the academic community, i wonder how important this is to the general public? i think as a system, we are better able to manage what we don’t want, what we won’t endorse than what we approve, and going through the entire approval process for accreditation. this is where influence is important-those who influence us will determine what we will accept. I have been in contact with a number of ‘experts’ to learn about social media the last few years and, like finding a coach, it is all personal preference I think.
I view social media as a tool, a method of communication, not unlike a cell phone or email address or a fax back in the day, and therefore, the whole idea of accreditation is an area of question for me, but not over concern. Our consumers will drive what we will accept as credible. For example, the nephew may be an expert in social media-he may not be an expert in business strategies for offering courses or advice to businesses on how to use it in their business. I have even heard the terms ‘social media ninja’, ‘social media messiah’, ‘social media guru’, and the list goes on! I wonder if social media, fits in with communication associations?