Fifteen-year-old Alice Pyne of England started a personal blog on Monday, and in five days has gained 10,000 followers. Why all the attention? Well Alice has Hodgkin's lymphoma and devoted her blog to her bucket list, a compilation of things she hopes to do before she dies. Her list includes traveling to Kenya, swimming with sharks, and meeting her favorite musicians. Celebrities like singer Katy Perry tweeted about Pyne's wishes, helping make the hashtag #alicesbucketlist trend around the world. Pyne's new fans have helped turn her bucket list into reality, like meeting the British band Take That. But Pyne says she's happiest about rallying support for her No. 1 wish of making, "everyone sign up to be a bone marrow donor." To donate, you can go to www.marrow.org.
Though two weeks have passed since New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter scandal broke, Yahoo searches for the embroiled congressman are still up. Check out this graphic representation of searches for "Weiner" on clues.yahoo.com. Tweets from Congress, however, have decreased. According to the website tweetcongress.com, 400 members of Congress tweeted more than 4,000 times in the week before Weiner tweeted a lewd photo of himself. The following week, that number plunged by about 1,000 tweets. Tweets from politicians overall are down almost 30 percent since Weinergate. It seems the negative effects of one accidental tweet may outweigh the benefits of Twitter as a new way for politicians to reach their constituents.
Finally, the state of Alaska is releasing 24,000 pages of emails sent by Sarah Palin during her time as state governor. The emails were requested by journalists in 2008, but are just now being released because of the enormous volume of information. Major news outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post are asking their readers for help. The Times has asked readers to submit newsworthy Palin emails through an online form. The Washington Post has gone one step further by looping in social media. Readers can join the conversation about interesting Palin emails through the Washington Post's new Twitter account @PalinEmails.