In the olden days of pagers and VHS tapes, when you needed help with tuition you might hop on the landline to dial up your grandparents. If you were planning a trip abroad, you could comb through your Rolodex to shake down friends who still owed you money. If you needed cash to record your band’s album, you played one low-paying gig after another and pinched pennies.
But in the era of social media, crowdfunding is the latest incarnation of that age-old custom of asking for financial help. Thanks to the seemingly endless Internet, your petition for assistance can be reposted, re-Tweeted and linked in e-mails, newsletters and blogs. Your cause can spill beyond your personal network into the world at large.
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