I understand the desire for "leadership", "authority figures", and even that dreaded title "Influencers", but IMO they are one of the core culprits in why social networks fail.
It is their hubris, and the cultivation of the Influencer Culture based on illusory social proof.
Once, a long time ago on a network now being sunsetted, one of the great social media influencers once wrote:
"never trust anybody who has fewer followers than you... because if they really knew what they were doing, they'd have much more followers than you... so why would you listen to someone..." - Guy Kawasaki
Now that's not to say that all voices on Social should be treated equally, but that is the Silicon Valley View. If you don't have big numbers, no matter how inflated and meaningless they are, then you simply don't matter. Forget the value (or lack thereof) that you're contributing, if you don't have big numbers you don't have a voice worth listening to.
So how can Silicon Valley reform itself in regards to social to understand the true value propositions?
(an old thread on this: https://plus.google.com/+DavidKutcher/posts/cSb5DFk46Rj )