Rock star Courtney Loveloves to tweet. Her mind flows like a wild, swollen river about to spill its banks. She's random, spontaneous, and quite often, you never know what jumble of letters are going to pop out of her head and onto your computer screen.
But she recently took it to another level. Love, 45, started a call to arms on her Twitter page. She said she needed help and she needed it fast. And slowly over the past week, a small army of "tweeps" heeded the call.
"I'm very grateful to Courtney for the opportunity to help her," said Jessica LaBrie, a college student in Vancouver, B.C. "She's influenced my life in a huge way."
The grassroots movement started June 11 when Love tweeted to her followers a link to a website that houses financial documents, e-mails and other personal items that she's collected over the years. Love also tweeted her password and even her Social Security number. And she wrote that she'd pay $10,000 to anyone who is willing to help her.
"i say 10k each if you can work togetjer and woth marie and get this disseminated tomorrow so i dont have to think about it and attnygencalls," the rocker tweeted.
The documents, Love believes, will help her in a legal battle with a Seattle-based wealth management firm called "Laird Norton Tyee." The company handles one of her daughter's trust funds. And she claims the firm has squandered millions of dollars from Frances Cobain's account. The firm has denied the allegation.
"We've been communicating by Twitter, e-mail and even the phone," said LaBrie, who said she expects to be paid for her time and research. "Also, it's a rare experience to work with like-minded women together towards a unified cause: Justice."
But Carmela Kelly, a journalism student in Phoenix said she is working for free.
"I just want to help somebody out," said Kelly. "She doesn't know how to write. I can organize."
"I've been collecting these documents for a very long time, since June 2003," said Love during a phone call to NBCLA on Friday morning. "I went to Twitter because no one is listening to me."
But people are listening now. The question remains: Will it have an impact on her legal case?
"People are increasingly using social networks to advocate and to influence what happens in a courtroom," said Robin Sax, NBCLA's legal analyst who is also a former Los Angeles County prosecutor. "For example, Facebook is commonly used as a source of information in divorce cases. So why wouldn't she go to a forum that people respond to the most?"
As for Love, she believes releasing this information on Twitter is the most important thing she's done in a long time. And she's hoping for a fairytale ending, as she twittered on June 11:
"i thnk there is a happy ending story in all of this…"