The Monitor's View Social media's big lift after Nepal earthquake

Instant communication through Google, Twitter, and Facebook allowed people in Nepal to help survivors of the earthquake in ways government could not. The Digital Age is turning victimhood into instant neighborhoods.

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From city dwellers in Kathmandu to climbers on Mt. Everest, more than 8 million people in Nepal were hit by a massive earthquake on April 25. Other nations have rushed to aid the Himalayan nation. But as with other recent disasters worldwide, this one evoked a very modern response, one that makes a critical difference in relief and recovery.