Certificates, Reputation, and the Blockchain
MIT Media Lab

If I’m a TED speaker and don’t include it in my Twitter bio, did it really happen?

Riffing a bit on the topic of certifications in the digital age, some other questions that cross my mind are – what does it mean to be certified? Who are certifications important to and what do they achieve?

Ramit Sethi talks about this on occasion. He runs a popular personal finance and personal development blog and people would ask him – ‘what makes you certified to give life/career advice? Are you certified as a career counsellor?’ Agreed that there are fields where certifications are absolutely necessary, like in medicine, but otherwise – do certifications matter if you can provide value regardless?

Another interesting topic is about the value of certificates in the age of LinkedIn and Twitter. I could set my university to MIT and my Twitter bio to Grammy nominee or SXSW, TED fellow and speaker. This achieves the effect of appearing internet famous or showing that you’re certified by a central institution. People may even fall for it if they don’t have the urgent need to verify it.

So what really is the value of titles, credentials and honours in the digital world?