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June 17, 2012, 03:48:22 AM
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Read this article on how Greeks are trying to get money out of banks, and have no safe place to put it! In their home, they risk robberies. Transferring it to other places, takes high fees back and forth. Put it in a safety deposit box, and it's only slightly safer than being in one's account... plus all the safety deposit boxes are taken already.

OR you could use Bitcoin and keep it perfectly safe on a USB drive! How do we tell Greece to wake the hell up?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/greek-banks-run-out-safe-deposit-boxes-eerie-calm-takes-over-country-24-hours-d-day
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June 17, 2012, 03:52:24 AM
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Greece has amazingly few Internet users. Only 45% of people there use the Internet at all, and probably a much smaller percentage are skilled enough to use Bitcoin. I don't think Bitcoin can make significant inroads there.

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June 17, 2012, 03:53:35 AM
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Read this article on how Greeks are trying to get money out of banks, and have no safe place to put it! In their home, they risk robberies. Transferring it to other places, takes high fees back and forth. Put it in a safety deposit box, and it's only slightly safer than being in one's account... plus all the safety deposit boxes are taken already.

OR you could use Bitcoin and keep it perfectly safe on a USB drive! How do we tell Greece to wake the hell up?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/greek-banks-run-out-safe-deposit-boxes-eerie-calm-takes-over-country-24-hours-d-day

Yes, just read about that its amazing stuff right now! tomorrow is the vote  Shocked

edit:  hmmmm FeedZeBirds PR campaign tomorrow? I'm sure twitter will be lit up with people....
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June 17, 2012, 06:03:09 AM
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if Kenyans can figure out how to use phones to send M-pesa via SMS, i'd think Greeks could learn how to use Bitcoin Spinner provided they have Androids.

perhaps a Bitcoin exchange that offered free Androids to set up an account above a certain number of euros?
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June 17, 2012, 06:45:58 AM
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Hm.. I have a few greek friends. I have mentioned bitcoin to them, but I'm not sure the message went trhough properly. I'm making another shot at it. Smiley
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June 17, 2012, 07:02:09 AM
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In my mind, Greek are lazy, maybe they will be boring to learn the brilliant new things in the bitcoin world. If Germany, this should sure be done. Grin

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June 17, 2012, 08:49:32 AM
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At Paymium, we did our best by releasing a greek translation of Paytunia for android last week..


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June 17, 2012, 01:23:35 PM
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Maybe we can raise enough to send an envoy to greece to setup an in person exchange Smiley

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June 17, 2012, 01:37:21 PM
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Maybe we can raise enough to send an envoy to greece to setup an in person exchange Smiley

Great. Dont know how this could work but is the kind of ideas I would like to see more often here.

How bitcoins can actually help Greeks? dont tell me. Go there and tell them!
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June 17, 2012, 01:40:42 PM
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Greece has amazingly few Internet users. Only 45% of people there use the Internet at all, and probably a much smaller percentage are skilled enough to use Bitcoin. I don't think Bitcoin can make significant inroads there.
This is part of the Greece problem. It's not a random thing that they have huge debt, epic corrutped government and so few ppl using internet.
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June 17, 2012, 02:09:07 PM
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If I were greek (or Spanish, French or Belgian) I'd run - not walk - to protect my assets in Bitcoin and metals.

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June 17, 2012, 03:03:54 PM
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It's really incredible to consider how well suited bitcoin is for this. 
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June 17, 2012, 03:16:06 PM
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I'm european and i'm considering this. Buy Bitcoin and problem solved in a very quick, safe and efficient way.
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June 17, 2012, 03:20:30 PM
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At Paymium, we did our best by releasing a greek translation of Paytunia for android last week..



And that's why I love you guys and promote your app all the time Smiley
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June 17, 2012, 03:23:12 PM
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Greece has amazingly few Internet users. Only 45% of people there use the Internet at all, and probably a much smaller percentage are skilled enough to use Bitcoin. I don't think Bitcoin can make significant inroads there.

Beg your pardon, but I think 4.9 million internet users in Greece ( http://www.internetworldstats.com/eu/gr.htm ) would supply some percentage of bitcoin users, if any of the guides on using it were localized in the language, in addition to the client. ( Upon checking, apparently Multibit supports greek - http://multibit.org/ )

Even if bitcoin 'captures' %0.01 of that population, that would yield about ~490 people. If anyone has the ability to translate the basic usage docs to greek, I think that could go a long way. Hell, if I could do it - I would be right now.

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June 17, 2012, 03:23:59 PM
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seriously?  how low in cost can a cheap Android smartphone go?

or at least get them to use Coinapult...
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June 17, 2012, 03:45:39 PM
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This problem highlights the biggest selling feature of bitcoin - you can control your own medium of exchange/store of value (like gold), but it's digital, and when appropriate measures are taken, more secure than physical assets.
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June 17, 2012, 04:10:56 PM
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Greece has amazingly few Internet users. Only 45% of people there use the Internet at all, and probably a much smaller percentage are skilled enough to use Bitcoin. I don't think Bitcoin can make significant inroads there.

Beg your pardon, but I think 4.9 million internet users in Greece ( http://www.internetworldstats.com/eu/gr.htm ) would supply some percentage of bitcoin users, if any of the guides on using it were localized in the language, in addition to the client. ( Upon checking, apparently Multibit supports greek - http://multibit.org/ )

Even if bitcoin 'captures' %0.01 of that population, that would yield about ~490 people. If anyone has the ability to translate the basic usage docs to greek, I think that could go a long way. Hell, if I could do it - I would be right now.


move the decimal place one the right and you have captured 4900 new users. IMO if there was a very simple user friendly way for new users to create their own secure bitcoin flash drive's the whole thing would be a much easier sell. A video showing how to convert and protect your assets in a few easy steps would be very cool.   

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June 17, 2012, 04:17:07 PM
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you can run MultiBit from a USB stick.
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June 17, 2012, 04:21:04 PM
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you can run MultiBit from a USB stick.

thanks

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