Sync contact photos and usernames from Twitter to your iOS device

One of the most powerful data sets on your iOS device is your list of contacts. Many of the amazing features the iPhone and iPad have are predicated on the information available from your address book. To help get the most out of your iDevice experience, you can use Twitter to beef up your contacts.

One of the most powerful data sets on your iOS device is your list of contacts. Many of the amazing features the iPhone and iPad have are predicated on the information available from your address book. To help get the most out of your iDevice experience, you can use Twitter to beef up your contacts.

iOS 5 added quite a bit of Twitter integration, including the ability to automatically retrieve usernames and profile photos for any of your contacts who have Twitter accounts.

Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti

Essentially, if your contact has an e-mail address associated with a Twitter account, you can choose to use the profile photo associated with that account as your contact's photo, as well as add that person's Twitter username to contact information on your device.

To get your contacts synced with Twitter:

  1. Open Settings on your iOS device and tap Twitter.
  2. Sign in to your own Twitter account (if you haven't already).
  3. Tap the "Update Contacts" button and wait for the sync to happen.

Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti

Now, when you access your contacts, you can tap on the Twitter account name to send your friend a tweet (directly from iOS) or check out what your friend has been tweeting (which opens the Twitter app on your device). Of course, you can also manually add Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Myspace names to your contacts list (the rest open their respective pages in Safari).

What is your preferred method of using Twitter? Let me know in the comments!

 

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