Social Networking Goes Greek
Social networking is all Greek to one group of Americans.
The National Hellenic Society has launched MyParea.com, a social networking site whose goal is to help Greek Americans maintain their Greek heritage and culture. Access to the site is free.
Timothy Maniatis, executive director of the National Hellenic Society, described MyParea as “a one-stop gathering place for Greek Americans to share, laugh and reflect on their own Greek American experience that every user can relate to. It’s an ambitious effort to bring our community together.”
The nonprofit National Hellenic Society seeks to preserve Greek American heritage in the United States.
Fanis Economides, chairman of the society’s Program Committee, said: “Why should you Greek Americans be on MyParea.com? Simply put, it doesn’t exist anywhere else. We have so much to share about our Greek American experience, and MyParea is the perfect forum and springboard that can connect us … .”
Features of MyParea.com include an events calendar; discussion of topics such as food, wine, travel, music, art and culture; and “My Greek Life,” which highlights the funny and light-hearted aspects of the Greek experience. Users can share recipes, travel tales, photos and videos. The Greek word “parea” means “friends.”
More than 1.1 million Greek Americans live in the United States, with many of them in the New York City and Chicago areas. Greeks began settling in the United States at the end of the 19th century, and the influx of migrants continued until the 1920s, according to the website for the documentary The Journey: The Greek American Dream. About 400,000 Greeks migrated to the United States during that period.
Among well-known Greek Americans are Criss Angel, Jennifer Aniston, Kelly Clarkson, Bob Costas, Olympia Dukakis, Tina Fey, Zach Galifianakis, Arianna Huffington, Greg Louganis, Pete Sampras, John Stamos, George Stephanopolous and Betty White.Continued on the next page