Android 2.0 contact sync / status provider
Android 2.0 allows any application to provide a synchronised set of contacts, including social status updates, which can be aggregated with the user's Google contacts. The Facebook application does this, so just by logging in and enabling that option, any contact with a matching real name (or which has been manually joined) automatically shows the latest status under their name in many places on the device, and more detail and a profile link on the view-contact screen. It would be awesome if Seesmic could provide this for Twitter. Here is an excellent, detailed, technical walkthrough on exactly how to do this, written by the guy who did it for Last.fm.
Yea, this is pretty basic, and important. linkedin, facebook, mixi, official twitter all do it.
C Gathings commented
Contact Sync for all social networks used in Seesmic would be great. Of course the user should have the option of which social networks are synced.
fangorious . commented
I would quite hurriedly switch to Seesmic if this was implemented.
Currently have the official Twitter for Android app running silent updates every hour for this alone. Would be nice if Seesmic did this so I wouldn't have to use the official app at all.
I actually briefly switched to the official Twitter app for Android just because of this feature. I eventually switched back because Seesmic rocks, but man, it would be awesome to see contact integration work with Seesmic. It's a great way to stand out from the other unofficial Twitter clients, and a great way to demonstrate the power of the Android platform.
The official Twitter app for Android supports this. Sync Adapters samples are in the documentation.
Matthias Bauer commented
This would be great to have, with active avatar icons and stuff. I could add Twitter usernames to my contacts, etc. It's a very powerful option.
That function is really missing a lot. Android is one of the rare systems which permit to integrate the app with other functions of the systems. Being able to integrate with the Contacts Book, and the Contact Widget would be awesome!
Absolutely. And I'm one of those rare people who don't use Facebook but would like to have my Twitter contacts' status and photos easily clickable on my phone.
This would also mean that I could click a Twitter contact in my timeline and call, Gtalk, or e-mail them instantly if they're already in my phonebook. It also means I can DM or tweet @ them from the phonebook and it will launch Seesmic.
Someone will be the first to do this for twitter, and I vote Seesmic be that innovator!