The idea belongs to the Postgraduate program “Quality Journalism and New Technologies” and its creation has been made possible by important operators such as the Public Broadcasting Cooperation of Greece (ERT), the Research Center “Athena” and the Greek Patriarchate. The first presentation of HellasCom was made on July 16th during the conference for the Universal Thessalians Confederation under the title “Asclepius” in Volos organized by the head of the Postgraduate program Mr. Mario Nottas. Even if at a first glance, it sounds as an oxymoron, the basic reason for the creation of a social network based on “Greekness” was the crisis.
As Mr. Nottas stated at kathimerini.gr, “the need for communication between Greeks during the crisis era is imperative, as the Greek element around the world is the basic and steady “ambassador” of Greece. Greeks living abroad are the ones who can bring a change to the bad image that Greece has now abroad, and help overcome a series of misconceptions that will bring our county into a more favorable context that will help us overcome this crisis. However, the emigrant Hellenism has had a communication problem with Greece. There was the need for the Greeks leaving abroad to feel closer, and communicate with Greece more often. Until today, this was not possible. Not even during the Internet era. Our proposal is possible to give solutions to all these problems, and offer more than someone could imagine. A portal through which the emigrant Hellenism could communicate not only with Greece but also with each other. Thinking all these aspects, the designers of HellasCom have started the development of an application, without knowing, at first place, where it would end up to or how many problems it would solve.”
As usual, in the digital environment of social media, the users are the priority. As Mr. Nottas underlined, “The originality of the social media is based on the rule that you cannot define beforehand the special purposes and you cannot define the ways these will be accomplished. This major freedom is what makes social media interesting”.
“It is however possible to define the context inside which all these aspects will flourish. Facebook and other social media can serve such communication needs. It is not exactly like this, though. We dream of a context , a portal inside which personal , business and cultural needs could be paired, creating the necessary subnets which could function effectively into this digital environment,” Mr. Nottas says.
As he claims, “the cooperation of important public operations from Greece is already guaranteed. We have in our side the Polytechnic School that offers us one of its laboratories specifically serving this purpose. We also cooperate with the Research Center “Athena” ran by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology. Most importantly, in my opinion, is the cooperation of the public broadcasting cooperation ERT, as through its global range it can accomplish those necessary communication conditions that we need and help this plan in various ways”.