Mominface - Social Networking Do's & Don'ts

Social Networking sites & application are an increasingly entwined part of our everyday lives. We use them to communicate with friends & family all over the globe, to chat with friends down the hall to decide where to eat, to network for jobs, & to connect with others with similar interests.
 
However, much like any other part of the internet, social networks can be frought with serious security risks, both for your person, & your data. 
 
Many social networks will tell you that the more you put into them (your information), the more you get out of them (connections, recommendations, etc.). However, despite the aura of privacy they try to engender, one must keep in mind that social network takes place in essentially public space, with only the barest of mechanisms providing any semblance of privacy. Even seemingly innocuous data shared with the world can be dangerous in the wrong hands.
 
The best attitude to take in order to enjoy the benefits of social networking, while minimizing the inherent risks, is to remain SKEPTICAL & CAUTIOUS
Situation in Greece
 
The worldwide movement “We are all Greeks” has now spread throughout the Internet, thanks to a team of Greek businessmen living abroad who created a new Facebook-style social network for Greeks and friends of Greece.
The boom of social networks at the beginning of the decade did not leave Greece unaffected. Thus under a more “Mediterranean” pace, social media has gradually won over the Greek youth, who in turn passed the trend on to the rest. According to research done by MRB Hellas, between 2008 and 2010 social networks’ population increased by 350%. Today, 91.7% of online citizens have an account on at least one social network, with youth as the majority (72% Facebook, 36% YouTube, 20% Twitter). Approximately 25% of account holders spend about 1-2 hours per day online and 23% spend about 2-4 hours online each day. The current situation in Greek Economy and the recent rise of the Greek Debt has not affected these numbers.
 
According to all the familiar clichés Greeks are hyper-social and love glamour, self-promotion, having fun and politicizing everything. Though just a cliché, the research does beget the question: what are Greek People doing with all those hours?
 
They socialize of course – they spend 57% of their time on social networks staying in touch with friends and acquaintances (some of which they do not see often). They exchange comments and they post photos, preferably in cheerful and artistic poses. The majority of young Greeks in the major Greek Cities like Athens, Thessaloniki and Patra are curently using social networks.

These Do's & Don'ts can serve as good guidelines to follow in your social networking interactions.

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