The steps described by WickedAwsome worked for me. One step you must be sure to complete is killing the backend process supporting Social Networking. To do this:
Choose Menu > Settings > Applications > Running Services.
Locate the Social Networking service. Locate the SocialWidgetProvider application and touch it to stop it.
Then proceed with the remaining steps.
Choose Menu > Settings > Accounts.
Select the Twitter account and delete it. Since I installed Seesmic's new v2 social app, I did not have to re-choose the Twitter app and select "do not re-sync." I simply removed the default social app supplied by Verizon which is pretty anemic anyway.
Once completed, check your contacts to verify that your Twitter contacts are no longer listed there.
As the person who started this thread, I'm sad to say that none of the above mentioned "fixes" have worked for me. I've tried the above mentioned recommendations as well as variations of these recommendations and still, the twitter contacts are in my "all contacts" list. When I remove my twitter account, the status page remains blank but the twitter names AND pictures still remain. It's a huge pain and I think it's so completely ridiculous that I have no control over who is listed in my contacts that I'm basically discouraging everyone I know from buying the Droid X.
I have tried the above fixes as well and when I go to remove the twitter account from my accounts I get an error message that says, "Error Removing Account".."An error has occurred. Please try again".
I have tried force closing the social networking widget and then trying this same thing and I get the same error result. If I would have known this when I first set up the phone I would have never used the onboard twitter client. I have always used 3rd party apps. This is a really frustrating problem with the Droid X so far. I do not want to have to go to contacts and then go to the drop down everytime for phone contacts. Having 200 twitter contacts in my all contacts list is ridiculous. As if I am going to call Shaq or something, lol.
I feel for others -- I too would never have added Twitter as an account if I knew that all my Twitter contacts would be added to my phone contacts. What a pain.
All I can suggest is before you try to remove the Twitter account is to first close the default Twitter app itself.
Then go through all the running services and make sure ANYTHING associated with SocialMedia is killed. I remember closing a bunch of services, I don't remember them all. That seemed to do the trick for me.
The only thing that works is a reset.
I was dreading that, but frankly, after I invested the two hours in the process, it was worthwhile. The Droid X ran faster and I got rid of some dead wood apps.
That worked for me. Thanks for the tip.
Hey guess what! I tried to do this today because I, too, am tired of searching through 1,200 contacts to find the person I need to call. And NO, I am not going to call Shaq either.
So I was using the menu to "remove" Facebook, and the phone screen went blank.
Four battery pulls and one visit to tech support later, I have a completely dead Droid and they're trying to send me one and hoping it gets here early next week. Until then I have a plastic piece of nothing to keep me company.
So be careful following these directions. It killed my phone, even though I was using simple, allowable menu commands.
I know this is an old thread, but I've been having the same problem with my Galaxy Nexus. I'm new to Android so it's been a steep learning curve...I tried all the above too, but no success as they didn't quite match on Ice Cream Sandwich. What did work was a kind of version of the steps mentioned..
I'm using the Twitter app...
- Account Settings
- select the name of the account
- scroll to the the bottom and select Remove Account
- Now, Add the account again
- (scroll down) Contact Settings
- Select Don't Sync
All the Twitter contacts are now gone from my Contact List (called people in ICS). Seems just selecting Don't Sync, without removing the account, doesn't remove them from the contact list (and neither does changing the 'Contacts to Display' setting in People seem to do anything)