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Porn actors use Twitter to go mainstream

Updated 1945 GMT (0345 HKT) July 20, 2012
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Many adult film actors are using Twitter to develop a mainstream fan base, including actress Kayden Kross, pictured here with rocker Dave Navarro at an adult video awards show earlier this year. Kross is currently working on a novel and tweets her essays out to her followers. Getty Images
Kross describes herself to her 136,000 Twitter followers as a "reformed atheist" who now believes "illogical and scientifically unsupported things about David Foster Wallace instead." Wallace is a reknowned author and essayist who died in 2008. "The porn people could care less who I'm reading," Kross told CNN's Jim Spellman. "I have a slim sliver of fans based on a common passion for books and the written word. Those are who I interact with." Twitter/@Kayden_Kross
Dana DeArmond, seen here in January at an awards show, is one of the most accessible adult performers on Twitter. She responds to most of her followers who post a comment or question, often with a smart-alecky remark. Getty Images
DeArmond calls herself a "pornographer of the people" and uses humor to make a personal connection with her fans -- evident in the quirky photos she posts. "Porn is not a utilitarian thing; if it were there would already have been enough porn made forever," she said. "People have a connection to it and Twitter helps me make that connection." Twitter/@danadearmond
James Deen is known for defying stereotypes about male porn stars. His goofy, boy-next-door persona has made his films popular with younger woman and has led him to more mainstream opportunities. Deen is currently working on a Hollywood movie called "The Canyons," in which he is co-starring with Lindsay Lohan.
In addition to some R-rated images, Stormy Waters (@StormyDaniels) often tweets photos of her daughter to her 63,000 followers. From Twitter