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Is there something I can put into the Google Contacts entry for someone that will link it to their Twitter handle? I have tried putting “@JohnDoe” into an IM-type field I’ve named Twitter, but that didn’t do the trick.

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To clarify, you want to be able to view a contact and click something to go to their Twitter page? Have you tried a hyperlink? Or syncing your Twitter contacts? –  Matthew Read Nov 5 '12 at 6:13
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I was hoping for something that would link to the twitter app; and yes, I (think) I’m syncing my Twitter contacts. –  J. C. Salomon Nov 5 '12 at 13:38

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Both Facebook and Twitter contact sync stopped doing anything useful sometime recently (ICS?). They no longer provide a meaningful between your phone contacts and the actions provided by those clients. I think this has to do with changes to the Android API that for whatever reason these companies have not adapted to.

There is a stop-gap solution for Facebook using a third party app such as Contact Sync for Facebook or Friends Sync* but I don't know any solution for Twitter other than the hack-it method of having a URL listed and using the web client.

* This publisher also has other sync apps for foursquare, flickr, and others.

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