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On my Droid2 (Android Version 2.2) (System Version.2.3.20.A955.Verizon.en.US), I fully utilize the phone's ability to log into a Google, Facebook, and Twitter account, and link the contacts together. Often it chooses the wrong name to display, but that is another question entirely. I have already set the option in ...

(Contacts) -> [Menu] -> "More (+)" -> "Settings"

... to automatically push any newly created contacts to my Google account. If I create a new contact traditionally, via ...

(Contacts) -> [Menu] -> "Add contact"

... then it works exactly as expected, creating a new contact in both my Phone Contacts and Google Contacts. However, sometimes there are people I know whom I have no contact information for until I friend them on Facebook. At this point, the only contact I have for them is my Facebook contact. I don't like having to rely on only a Facebook contact, and I always take this opportunity to start a Google Contact for them, duplicating what Facebook has already told me. This is where the unexpected behavior begins.

If I select a contact from my phone which is purely a Facebook contact, and click ...

... [Menu] -> "Edit"

... it brings me to the traditional contact editing screen, presenting me with all of their Facebook information as immutable fields, allowing me to manually duplicate this data into what I would expect would be both a Phone Contact and a Google Contact.

But it's not!!! After manually re-typing in, say, their birthday, e-mail address, and cellphone number (information traditionally available via Facebook), and I click ...

"Save"

... the resulting contact reads as ...

Linked profiles (2)

Facebook: John D.
Phone Contacts: John Doe

... with a Google contact nowhere to be seen!! Even if I initiate a manual resynchronization via ...

(Home Screen) -> [Menu] -> "Settings" ->  "Accounts" -> "[my Google account]" -> [Menu] -> "Sync now"

... the information is still not pushed to my Google Contacts!!

Does anyone know how I can fix this?

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Another work around is to use yahoo mail to export your Facebook friends then import them into gmail. It's not a very sustainable workaround for keeping things in sync, but would make the initial sync much easier than manually duplicating the contacts.

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So far, my only work-around is to recognize a new Facebook contact, navigate away from it, manually create a new completely empty contact by the same name, link the two, then begin duplicating the data. This is cumbersome and should not be necessary.

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