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Porn stars love Twitter, hate Facebook

Charlie Sheena
Charlie Sheena

Porn stars have a love affair with Twitter, which gives fans lots of opportunities to buy them gifts, while having a more contentious relationship with Facebook, which censors all the good stuff.

The Daily Beast gives us this illuminating juxtaposition and several x-rated examples to back it up. We're going to give you the PG-version. (Don't pout. Just follow the links.) 

After way too much foreplay, the porn industry has enthusiastically jumped in the sack with Twitter, which has given rise to fans connecting with their sex idols. This in turn has led to an unprecedented intimacy that seems to satisfy a semi-stalking need in thousands of repressed males and gives these adult entertainment entities constant ego boosts — and more tangible rewards, such as Amazon wishlist gifts.

The Daily Beast guided us to Pete Housley's Porn Star Tweet, a site that conveniently aggregates more than a thousand porn divas' Twitter feeds, as well as tweets about them. Housley gave the Daily Beast the behind-the-scenes details:

Porn Star Tweet tracks 990 porn stars who are followed by 9,140,066 users; the porn stars follow back 636,853 fans. On average, the stars tweet 6.7 times per day; seven percent of Porn Star Tweets contain a photo or video. In total, Housley says, "In 2010 we aggregated over 3 million tweets and 250,000 photos and videos."

While some stars, like Bree Olson, who recently partied with Charlie Sheen in a 9,000 square-foot Las Vegas lovenest, have amassed more than 93,000 followers, others are slowly, but steadily gaining traction. Since Charlie Sheen was on the brain, we took a look at his porn doppelganger, if he was a girl: @CharlieSheena, whose profile description reads: "Professional cat enthusiast/cat pianist. Semi-amateur comedian/race car driver & freelance urologist. The Virgin Mary of Whores." The LA-based starlette, who is featured on Burning Angel, a site that specializes in "alt, emo, tattoo, Goth, and punk rock hardcore porn," has nearly 9,000 followers.

Like her namesake, Charlie has no problems putting it all out there for the world to know her raunchy tastes. But she one-ups Sheen by giving fans the tools to be her sugar daddy: her Amazon wish list. (Which is not exactly new; porn stars have been linking to their wish lists off their own sites for awhile.)

She's not an unreasonable girl, this Charlie, in that she has a range of gifts for her followers to choose for her. They could spring for the $14.28 Clarisonic Replacement Brush Head (a girl's got to exfoliate!), $14.98 for the "Trailer Park Boys" DVD, or $6.99 for the Trailer Park Boys 2011 calendar. Or, they could really lavish some Material Girl excess on Charlie with the $95 Dior Miss Dior Cherie 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, the nearly $227 Pinzon Chamonix Full Reversible Dual Season Down Featherbed or the $199  Flip MinoHD Video Camera.

From the rest of her list, we also get that Charlie has some problems with split ends (shampoo), likes black boots, really likes Trailer Park Boys, is an Apple fan and wants a brand-new 40-inch flat-screen TV. In other words, she's not so different from the every day Jane who storms Target at 5 a.m. for Black Friday deals.

And that's probably the appeal of porn stars on Twitter. They're not just the moaning, writhing, athletically-inclined, surgically-enhanced sex machines seen on the small screen. They're real people, who go out for coffee, can't decide on where to have breakfast, go off on other people and oh yeah, talk very openly and frankly about sex. All kinds of sex, including incest, S&M, same-sex, groups, etc., so it's bound to offend many sensibilities. But they don't care, they're breaking down barriers between fans and the objects of their lust.

Daily Beast quotes two of the stars on this: "We go from unattainable fantasy to real people," said Bobbi Star. And from Dana DeArmond: "When I started to use Twitter I wanted people to see I am real person and not just a male fantasy, and that I do struggle with relationship issues, or general stress or my eating disorder difficulties that at times are a little more worrisome than others."

Not-so porn friendly: Facebook. Even though adult stars have Facebook profiles, they are at least some that are wary of the social network's arbitrary decisions. From the Daily Beast:

While MySpace was briefly in vogue in the porn community a couple of years ago, Facebook has proven hostile territory to adult stars, with many claiming their profiles are often deleted, multiple times, and for no reason they can understand. "Most porn stars have given up on Facebook at this point," Housley says. Andy San Dimas says, "Even if a fan posts a nude picture of you they delete your account."

But maybe porn is more attuned to Twitter, with its faster pace and immediacy in call and answer. The kinds of tweets that come from the porn world aren't for the meek, and though they would liven up your news feed, would probably startle a good portion of middle America. And what snapshots would they share? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of paying for it when you can get so much for free? Would they really want to share real family photos and break the illusion? 

Even without Facebook, porn will survive. Heck, even without Twitter, it will. But for now, tweets are in a friends with benefits situation that won't end anytime soon.

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