Did Twitter kill contact syncing on Android due to Google’s policies?

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Back on January 27, I tweeted that contact syncing was broken on Twitter’s official Android app:

No one responded. I figured uninstalling and reinstalling Twitter on my Galaxy Nexus would work, but all that did was kill syncing for all of my accounts instead of just one.

A quick Google search landed me at the above page, thanks to this post by a Google community manager. Notice point #4? Twitter is actually now asking Android users to justify their continued support of one of the app’s most useful features. This means that either the feature’s dead or it’s skating on thin ice internally.

One can’t help but wonder if this is related to Google’s hardline stance on the semantics of “contact syncing” that has already broken native Facebook contact syncing on Nexus devices. If that’s the case, then pretty soon Google Plus might be the only social network Nexus/”pure Google” devices are capable of syncing contacts with natively. Which may be just what Google wants. And is also terribly tragic for end users, the ones whom such extremist, “holy war” policies hurt the most.

Author: jdrch

ISTJ, Rice Owl, UF Gator, mechanical engineer. STEM, sports, music, movies, humor. Account mine only & unaffiliated.


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